June Plants for Honey Bees

By (@Mindy03) on
Summer is coming, with longer days and hotter temperatures. June is still a great month for honey bees, but they may not produce as much honey as the days get hotter.

June has an abundance of plants for honey bees to forage from.  The hotter temperatures of summer will slow the honey storage down as some worker bees are delegated to fetch water to cool the hive.  Beekeepers will help them out by providing clean, fresh water nearby.  

June plants for honey bees include these plants.

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Alpine Lady's Mantle

Bellflower 

California Poppy

Bigroot Geranium

Checkerbloom

Chinese Celery

Clustered Bellflower

Dwarf Mullein

Elegant Deuztia

Endres Cr2012-05-08/Mindy03/17dd2eanesbill

Fairies Thimbles 

Fernleaf Yarrow

Fish Bait Tree

Hybrid Sage

Impudent Lawyer

Indian Blanket

Large Flowered Tickseed

Mountain Bluet

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Night Willow-herb

No-Azami

Pacific Stonecrop

Pink Flowering Onion

Rattle Nut

Summer Forget-Me-Not

Sweet Scabious

Twinberry Honeysuckle

Wild Bugloss

Wild Carrot

Wolfberry

 

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In most areas swarm season is ending, though honey bees will continue to swarm until it's time to get ready for winter.  Gardeners will need to keep an eye on their water features during the hot days of summer.  Bird baths, swimming pools, ponds and other water sources will be visited by honey bees in search of water to cool the hive as well as for their own use.  

More June plants for honey bees can be found here.

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