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Of Ants, Hummingbird Feeders and Feelings

Ants head for food on the UC Davis campus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

How do you keep ants off your hummingbird feeders? That was a question a Bug Squad reader asked: "I was wondering if you had any tips on how to keep...

Ants head for food on the UC Davis campus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Ants head for food on the UC Davis campus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ants head for food on the UC Davis campus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A hummingbird heads for a feeder in Vacaville, Calif. This feeder has no ants. Note: don't use red food coloring in your feeders; many feeders now are of red glass. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A hummingbird heads for a feeder in Vacaville, Calif. This feeder has no ants. Note: don't use red food coloring in your feeders; many feeders now are of red glass. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A hummingbird heads for a feeder in Vacaville, Calif. This feeder has no ants. Note: don't use red food coloring in your feeders; many feeders now are of red glass. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 5:04 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Pest Management, Yard & Garden

Watch Out!

A praying mantis is sprawled out on a hummingbird feeder, as a hummer takes a drink. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The hummingbirds seemed apprehensive. They'd fly to the feeder, stop in mid-air, and turn back. What was keeping them from the feeder? A closer...

A praying mantis is sprawled out on a hummingbird feeder, as a hummer takes a drink. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A praying mantis is sprawled out on a hummingbird feeder, as a hummer takes a drink. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A praying mantis is sprawled out on a hummingbird feeder, as a hummer takes a drink. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The praying mantis moves to another spot. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The praying mantis moves to another spot. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The praying mantis moves to another spot. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Silhouette of the praying mantis lying in wait. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Silhouette of the praying mantis lying in wait. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Silhouette of the praying mantis lying in wait. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, August 7, 2015 at 5:54 PM
Tags: hummingbird feeder (4), hummingbirds (9), praying mantis (102), predator (19), prey (26)

Will Hummingbird Syrup Harm the Bees?

A honey bee sipping syrup from a hummingbird feeder. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's no secret that honey bees like the sugar/water mixture in hummingbird feeders. If there's no bee guard on the feeder or if the feeder isn't...

A honey bee sipping syrup from a hummingbird feeder. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee sipping syrup from a hummingbird feeder. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee sipping syrup from a hummingbird feeder. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A hummingbird pauses in between sips. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A hummingbird pauses in between sips. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A hummingbird pauses in between sips. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Red Alert!

Honey bees gather around a hummingbird feeder. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Our yard is filled with such bee friendly plants as salvia, lavender, catmint and rock purslane. Lately, however, the honey bees have taken a...

Honey bees gather around a hummingbird feeder. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bees gather around a hummingbird feeder. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bees gather around a hummingbird feeder. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of honey bee sipping a sugar-water mixture. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of honey bee sipping a sugar-water mixture. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of honey bee sipping a sugar-water mixture. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Late afternoon sun backlights a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Late afternoon sun backlights a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Late afternoon sun backlights a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, May 14, 2012 at 11:19 PM
 
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