What Attracts Bees?

Written On: by Theo The Beekeeper

Whether you are a beekeeper or simply have a garden and you want bees to visit your plants and flowers, you may have wondered what attracts bees. Luckily, there is a great deal of information about how to attract bees to your plants and flowers.

Blue and purple Larkspur flowers
Blue and purple Larkspur flowers.

Overall, bees are attracted to yellow, blue, and purple flowers with shallow blossoms that are easy to drink nectar from. Bees like to visit large areas full of flowers, so if you are trying to attract bees to your garden, it is best to plant yellow, blue, or purple flowers in large amounts.

Bees are attracted to the nectar in these flowers because they feed on the sugars in the nectar. Bees are attracted to the smell of the nectar, as well as the appearance of various flowers because they know that some flowers have better nectar than others. Bees also feed on and collect pollen to feed their larvae, which is another reason that they are attracted to flowers and plants.

Bees are incredibly important and effective pollinators of many cross-pollinating plants. Cross-pollinating plants are those that require the help of pollinators to reproduce. The pollen acts as a reproductive agent and is transferred between flowers to help them create seeds and thereby reproduce. This is why many people like to attract bees to their gardens, as the bees help keep the flowers healthy.

However, some people also want to keep bees away from their house or garden, especially if they are allergic to bee stings. While bees are very important pollinators and play an important role in any garden, there are also some reasons people might want to deter bees from being in their space. If this is the case, there are also plants and flowers that actually repel bees.

Why Are Bees Attracted to Me?

If you’ve ever been followed around by a bee, you might have wondered what made them so attracted to you. There are a few possibilities, including the color of your clothes as well as perhaps the scent of a perfume or deodorant that you are wearing.

Because bees are attracted to colorful flowers, if you are wearing clothing that is blue, purple, yellow, or white, bees may think that you are a flower and follow you around in search of nectar. Additionally, a bee might smell any floral scented products that you’ve used on your body and confuse them for the smell of nectar. This will also attract bees to follow you around.

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If you don’t want bees following you around, try wearing dark-colored, neutral clothing and avoiding using scented perfumes, conditioners, and sunscreens. However, remember that most bees are very nonaggressive, meaning that they will not sting you unless they feel threatened. Even if a bee lands on your body, it is unlikely that the bee will sting you unless you try to kill it.

Why Are Bees Attracted to Flowers?

Bees are attracted to flowers because they feed on the nectar and pollen that the flowers produce. Honey bees use nectar to make their honey, making it a very important food source for them. Honey bees survive on honey through the winter as a food source, so collecting enough nectar to make honey is essential for honey bees. Solitary bees and bumblebees also feed on nectar and pollen.

Nectar is an important source of sugar for bees, and pollen is an important source of protein. Together, they make the perfect diet for bees. Adult bees of most species feed on just nectar, and larvae of most species feed on pollen.

Many plants depend on insects for pollination, meaning that they cannot reproduce without the help of the insects. Bees transfer pollen between flowers so that the flowers can reproduce. The bees do not do this on purpose, but rather as a side effect of their foraging activities. Flowers have evolved to be more attractive to bees so that the bees will visit the flowers and pollinate them.

What Plants Attract Bees?

Bumblebee harvesting nectar from an echinacea flower
Bumblebee harvesting nectar from an echinacea flower.

Bees prefer purple, blue, white, and yellow flowers of any kind. Additionally, bees appreciate bee balm, snapdragon, echinacea, and evening primroses. Most species of bees are not too picky about the flowers they feed on, but some species prefer a specific type or just a few types of flowers.

The best way to attract bees of many different species is to plant a wide variety of flowering plants with yellow, white, blue, or purple flowers. Bees will also feed on and pollinate berry bushes, fruit trees, and vegetables.

What Plants Deter Bees?

In the event that you want to keep bees away from your garden or a certain area of your garden, there are also plants that act as natural bee deterrents. Cucumber is one such plant, as well as basil, geraniums, mint, and marigolds. All of these plants are excellent choices if one is trying to keep bees at bay rather than attracting them.

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However, it’s important to note that bees are great pollinators and should be welcomed into any garden because of their important role in natural ecosystems. So if you don’t want bees near your house, consider planting flowers further away from your house to keep them away from your house but still offer them a food source.

Why Would You Want to Attract Bees?

Attracting bees can be very beneficial for your garden or yard because bees pollinate most flowering plants. Pollination is essential for plant reproduction, meaning that if you want your plants to continue to grow and thrive, you need insects like bees and butterflies to visit your garden.

Additionally, it is nice to attract bees and give bees food because they need help surviving. As such important pollinators, bees are essential for human food sources because they provide pollination for many crops grown for human consumption. So supplying them with food and a safe place to make their nests is a great way to support natural ecosystems.

How Do Bees Pollinate?

Bees pollinate flowers by transferring pollen from flower to flower during their regular foraging activities. In order to be pollinated, pollen from a flower’s anther must reach a flower’s stigma, either on the same flower or on a different flower. There are many ways that plants are pollinated, but insects are some of the most important pollinators.

When bees forage at flowers, the pollen from the flowers sticks to the hair all over their bodies and can be carried from flower to flower, aiding in pollination. Additionally, most bees also collect pollen intentionally in pollen baskets on their legs, meaning that they carry the pollen on purpose in order to bring it back to their nests. However, in their travels, some of the pollen also falls out of the pollen baskets back onto the flowers.

Why is Pollination Important?

Pollination is essential because many plants and flowers would die off without pollination. Because so many plants are sources of human food, pollination is very important for human survival. Without pollination, many human food sources would be eliminated, and humans would struggle to find food.

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Aside from humanity’s reliance on pollination, it is also very important for natural ecosystems as a whole. Many animals also rely on plants for food, meaning that pollination is necessary for the survival of those animals.


Theo The Beekeeper

When I was a kid, my dad used to keep bees around the small farm we had, and I absolutely loved helping him. In the past few years, we’ve picked up the hobby again, and I’ve been doing a lot more research. This website is the accumulation of things I’ve learned along the way! You can learn more about my journey and the resources I’ve developed on my about page.

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