Texas Gardening forum: Houston folks--- Butterflies but not bees?

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Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
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coconut
Nov 8, 2012 12:19 PM CST
A friend is working on the yard of her new Houston home, and wants butterflies, but not bees. She's terribly allergic to beestings.

Any suggestions?
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Nov 14, 2012 6:02 PM CST
I honestly don't know. Butterflies like nectar from flowering plants and almost all flowering plants also attract bees. Maybe if she could put a butterfly garden where she could watch it from the windows while inside, it might work out. But I don't know...she'd have to come outside sometime. I've lived in my place since 1989 with flowering plants and I've never been stung by bees once. Yellowjackets (wasps), have stung me on rare occasion, but only if they have a nest nearby.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Nov 14, 2012 9:11 PM CST
I agree with Linda. I don't think I have been stung by a bee since I was about four years old. You practically have to injure a honey bee to be stung. Wasps, however, are more aggressive and sting me often. All you need to do to them is to be too close to their nests. I suggest your friend plant whatever attracts butterflies and not worry about the bees that come with them.
Porkpal
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Nov 14, 2012 9:30 PM CST
I assume she keeps an EpiPen around, like I do.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11+
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coconut
Nov 16, 2012 8:13 AM CST
Yes, that's nice until one beesting could kill you.
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member Salvias Herbs Bluebonnets Native Plants and Wildflowers Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Forum moderator Purslane Hummingbirder Cat Lover Butterflies Birds
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LindaTX8
Nov 16, 2012 9:33 AM CST
I'm not allergic to bee stings, but there is something else I've had severe reactions to on rare occasions.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad

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