Mints

IMG_4776.JPGAll types of insects love to visit the flowers of the many kinds of mint. Mints are an important nectar source for bees because they flower for a long time, often while there is not much else to forage for. I’m not sure how many types of mints there are, but a good identifier is a square stem. One of my favorites is Anise Hyssop also known as licorice mint. I could spend hours watching all the activity around those long lasting blooms. You will find tiny solitary bees, a large variety of beautifully colored wasps, a wide range of flies, lots of beetles, and of course honey bees.