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Gardenias and bees

Zone 33544 | [email protected] added on December 26, 2016 | Answered

My potted gardenia bush attracts many bees that land on the leaves, then fly away. Do they extract anything from the leaves? What is the purpose of their visit?

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Alisma
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Answered on December 27, 2016

Bees will do this when they are engaging in swarming behavior, but this would only last for a few days. Bees will also collect honeydew from leaves, which is a sugary substance exuded by certain insects after they feed on plants:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/info/what-is-honeydew.htm

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