Sugar Bees

The sugar feeder has become really popular.  Now bees have taken over.

I’m not sure where the bees came from, as it took months before they discovered the feeder.

The competition is high and the birds only have access to their sugar treat on cold and rainy days.



15 Comments on “Sugar Bees”

  1. Christina says:

    Interesting to see the bees on the sugar feeder. Are their plants around with nectar and pollen at the moment or is the feeder the only food source for the bees.

  2. shoreacres says:

    My gracious. Those are some hungry little bees. Some casual glances around both residential neighborhoods and refuges suggests that many flowers that had been hanging on have stopped blooming. Maybe the bees’ natural feeding spots are fewer. Too bad for your birdies, though!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Bees not my favorite, but they are need. no bees in central PA just more snow and below zero temps.

  4. Chloris says:

    You’ve got some contented bees there. I suppose the birds don’t have a chance now.

  5. Tina says:

    They do have sweet teeth, er, probosci. You might try poring a little bit of sugar water (1:1 ratio, sugar to water) in a plate. The puddle should be shallow. Maybe they’ll favor that over the birds’ feeder, though it might also simply attract more bees. Great set of shots!

  6. tonytomeo says:

    Is that safe for them? I mean, is common cane sugar, or whatever is in there, adequately nutritious for them? Could it throw off their metabolism?

    • I checked with a bird expert, because I couldn’t believe they were drinking it. He said it was not unusual. It is mostly just one bird. I keep feeders out all winter for hummingbirds that come down from as far away as Canada and Alaska. The expert also told me that was where the hummers were from and even our “cold” Texas nights are just fine with them. We had a couple of deep freezes last year and I got up early to switch out the frozen feeders.

  7. Your feeder is a bonanza for them this time of year. There are bee boxes on my neighbor’s property and the bees are looking for food everywhere. They like getting into our bag of chicken scratch to the point I can’t feed the chickens except in the morning and evening.

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