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Title: Seeb's flowers & a beekeeping question
Post by: Seeb on January 04, 2020, 11:22:16 am
My grandmother gave me a cutting off her Thanksgiving cactus when I was still a teenager, and this is from her mother plant.
I love giant Zinnia's and always plant enough to share with friends.  Just noticed that squirrel on the light pole - he was probably waiting for me to leave so he could raid my veg garden.

Question:  Zinnia's are big butterfly/moth attractants. Will Zinnia's attract the wax moth that takes over our hives?
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Title: Re: Seeb's flowers & a beekeeping question
Post by: The15thMember on January 04, 2020, 02:42:35 pm
Gorgeous flowers, especially that Christmas cactus!  I have a tiny one on a desk, and it's no where near as happy as that!  I'm pretty sure that the wax moths do not eat at all during their adult phase, so I doubt that any flowers would serve as attractants for them. 
Title: Re: Seeb's flowers & a beekeeping question
Post by: Seeb on January 04, 2020, 05:20:17 pm
I was wondering if I would be smart not to plant them since I'm getting back into bees this year, thanks for your input 15th
Title: Re: Seeb's flowers & a beekeeping question
Post by: Ben Framed on January 11, 2020, 10:34:59 pm
I was wondering if I would be smart not to plant them since I'm getting back into bees this year, thanks for your input 15th

Seeb, I would encourage you to continue planting them for the beauty and splendor. Your flowers are very nice.
Thanks for posting,
Phillip
Title: Re: Seeb's flowers & a beekeeping question
Post by: Seeb on January 11, 2020, 10:45:38 pm
Thanks Phillip - I will!
Title: Re: Seeb's flowers & a beekeeping question
Post by: KellyBeeFriendly on May 01, 2020, 10:14:35 am
Don?t know about the wax moths but your bees will like them :-)

Plant away
Title: Re: Seeb's flowers & a beekeeping question
Post by: guitarstitch on May 01, 2020, 02:47:31 pm
Wax moths only take over weak hives.  Keep your space restricted to only what your colony can manage and it won't matter how many moths are around.