Honey Bees and Native Plants

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Honey Bees and Native Plants

Someone was telling me last night that part of the decline of honey bees was due to growing non-American plants, and our native honeybees didn't like non-American flowers.

Tried to look this up tonight online... It appears there are no native honeybees - the Europeans brought them over in the 1600's. So the story as I got it was garbled, but...

Has anyone heard of any good ways to encourage honeybees? Or at least, pollinating bees? Since surely there were pollinators here before the 1600's...

I'd also love to hear good ways to discourage fruit flies.

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Oh, good. Yes, have 3 basil

Oh, good. Yes, have 3 basil plants under development.

I'm about to take the site offline, fwiw. Security maintenance.

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From this article, looks like
From this article, looks like Basil can repel fruit flies too. have you tried that? http://www.care2.com/greenliving/repel-flies-naturally.html#
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Thanks, stonecold. Odd - I

Thanks, stonecold. Odd - I had carpenter bees buzzing around my tomatoes and cukes/zukes last summer, but they didn't seem to pollinate. All native American (tho tomatoes aren't North American - not naturally suited to the New England climate.)

I do have lots of herbs and two rose of Sharon. And some marigolds for their insecticidal properties on other insects.

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I think the native american

I think the native american bees are carpenter bees, from what I have read, solitary and less aggressive.

I am growing borage and marigolds, heard they attract honeybees.  There are a lot of other plants/herbs that attracts bees.

Apparently quite alot of herbs do attract bees, you just have to let them flower... :P

a quick googled link. http://www.gardensablaze.com/BackyardHabitat/BackyardBees.htm

Another interesting read. http://nature.berkeley.edu/urbanbeegardens/