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Top Ten Bee Plants

Interested what honey bees forage on? Below is a helpful guide to the top 10 plants throughout the season that bees are primarily gathering pollen and nectar from in Southwestern Ontario.

  Willow spp.
March, April and May
Pollen and nectar
  Deciduous trees
Silver and red maple - April (Pollen and nectar)
Norway maple - Late April (Pollen and nectar)
Sugar maple - early May (Pollen and nectar)
Black Locust - Early June (Nectar)
  Dandelion
April and May
Pollen and nectar
Canola
May and June
Pollen and nectar
  White (Dutch) clover
June and July
Pollen and nectar
  Basswood and Linden trees
June and July
Nectar
  Birdsfoot Trefoil
June and July
Nectar
  Alfalfa
June, July and August
Nectar
  Milkweed
July and August
Pollen and nectar
  Goldenrod
August and September
Pollen and nectar


For more information on honey bee foraging plants we have the Nectar Trees, Shrubs and Herbs of Ontario brochure produced by OMAFRA with the assistance of the University of Guelph available for free download.


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University of Guelph
Honey Bee Research Centre
308 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1
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