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A good plant for the insects


Many of us grow plants for the insects to feed on such as Buddleia and Hebe as well as herbaceous perennials such as Phlox and Nicotinia.

Well I grow Centaurea macrocephala for its interesting buds and flowers. Its the yellow greater knapweed.

I wrote this blog about the flower development a while back as it is quirky.

However today as I walked past it I was delighted to see it a hive of activity.

This flower is inundated with pollen beetles, and smaller insects that I wasn’t able to successfully capture on camera.

I counted 23 bees also on the 15 flowers that are open.
Good job bees don’t use their own wax with those hairy legs!

This plant is by the front window and in the late summer early autumn I get goldfinches feeding on the seeds.

I also love the detail on the bee’s wing.

This was the first Red Admiral I have seen in June, resting on Hydrangea Annabelle.

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How lovely nothing better than to walk in the garden and watch the bees and butterflies so therapeutic - I don't
have that plant but I shall be watching out for it - I have a host of yellow welsh poppies and the bees and butterflies love those too - lovely pictures - thankyou Seaburngirl

29 Jun, 2023


Those are lovely plants, good photo with all those insects on it, definitely going on my list.

29 Jun, 2023


Lovely to see the activity on your plant. We have centaurea dealbata and they like that too. Mostly we have hoverflies at the moment and they seem to be in love with the new 'Ghislaine de Feligonde' rose which I didn't expect as she has small flowers with multi petals. They do open up wide, though. Not much sign of butterflies at all or ladybirds.

29 Jun, 2023


its interesting to see how many insects love yellow. I had some yellow sheets once and when they were pegged out on the line to dry they used to attract lots of little flies and so on who seemed to enjoy just standing on them. It is quite frightening to see the dearth of insects generally this year - one or two bees, some fungus gnats and not much more. No bumbles on the foxgloves, or anywhere else. One butterfly, no ladybirds at all. Wonder what will happen to the food crops.

30 Jun, 2023


I don't think I've heard of that plant, must look it up, and I'll read your previous blog too since I can't remember it.
It's nice that the flowers attract insects, and I'm glad you've seen a butterfly. There seem to be fewer and fewer of them every year.

30 Jun, 2023


I love this plant too.mi have it in my golden border. It’s a real highlight for me in late summer.

2 Jul, 2023

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