Honey Bees in the Garden... August: Don't sniff

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Honey Bees in the Garden... August

By Mindy03
August 1, 2011

August is another hot month for both gardeners and honey bees. Water for plants and honey bees remains a top priority. You may also find the honey bees you encounter are more aggressive than they have been since spring. That's because they are anxious to store enough food to last the colony through the coming winter. Be careful when you bend to sniff a flower, a honey bee might be there and will think you are trying to get the nectar for yourself.

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jackieshar
Aug 20, 2011 3:18 PM CST
do you think datura makes poisoned honey?


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Mindy03
Aug 20, 2011 5:52 PM CST
I did some research and found this information from Wikimedia

Bee nectar collection from Datura plants in Mexico and Hungary, belladonna flowers, henbane (Hyoscamus niger) plants from Hungary, Serjania lethalis from Brazil, Gelsemium sempervirens from the American Southwest, and Coriaria arborea from New Zealand[42] can all result in toxic honey,[43] as can honey made from other toxic plants such as oleander.[44] Narcotic opium honey has also been reported from honey made in areas where opium poppy cultivation is widespread.[45]

Various beekeeping discussion groups seem to be divided on the issue. Some say it's toxic to humans, others say if it's pure datura honey it would be toxic but small amounts mixed in with other nectar may not be toxic.

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