Brett Nortje wrote:I have heard that a bottle brush tree, one with seeds and pollen attracts hornets ad wasps. This is because they see red, as they are red and dawn is red, yes? These wasps get covered in pollen if the chance arises, as they need to wipe it off on their nests to make for a bigger nest, yes? This is like a lot of pollen being rolled into wax, like a bee, but the bees use less density for their hives as they move around a lot more, so there is not enough time to build huge nests they do not need.
Could you please site your source on this,? wasps are not pollen "gatherers" although they may get some pollen on them they lack the equipment necessary to be a "gatherer" nor do they make wax like bees. Bees nests can be Huge, very huge and built upon year after year.
The bottle brush is a pretty magical plant, though I may be bias as it was the first tree I remember having a real connection with. We had one in our backyard when I was a kid and it made the most perfect canopy of flowering branches forming a natural fort and hideaway. The bees did freak me out a bit getting past them. I hid from my brother there, had tea parties, and imagined I was a pioneer girl and this was my house.
This tree/shrub comes in many more colors than red and is in the family of Myrtles, same as Eucalyptus, nether of which are native to the Americas, nor do I belive South Africa. As someone who is on the fence about non native species, I have found a lot of joy in the bottle brush and all the Myrtles and am glad to have it and it's family members around. Yet the eucalyptus has created some trouble and environmentalists want it removed.