Photo: Honey bee takes to the bee balm

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The pretty flowering plant shown here, (Monarda didyma), has a long history of use by many Native American tribes and is commonly used in making tea – it's the bergamot in Earl Grey. But it's famous for other assets as well: including its propensity to bring on the bees! Hence its common name, bee balm. We love this detailed photo taken by Ted Roger Karson that shows bee balm doing what it does so well, luring a sweet bee for some pollen and nectar.

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