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Kentucky Color - A Plethora of Pollinators
By Billy Joe Fudge
Over the past decade, Butterfly Milkweed has become my favorite flower. These that I transplanted from a Cumberland County roadside several years ago have been ablaze with orange for a couple of months now.
Their nectar has attracted a plethora of pollinators this summer. First, the Honey Bees buzzed right up to the nectar station and filled up their tanks for their flight back to some far off hive or at least I hope the hive is far off. Honey Bees have had such a hard time the past few years with mites, I was more than glad to see them milking (pun intended) the blooms for several weeks.
Secondly, the Butterflies came fluttering into Green Hills during early August and seemed to displace the Honey Bees who must surely have gone on to another of nature's feeding stations.
Now, if you look closely you will see that our September pollinators for the last remaining flowers are ants. In and out and all around they scurry in an effort to lap up the last remnants of sweetness before Autumn cuts the supply till the summer of '17.
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