sullivantii ‘Little Goldstar’). Black-eyed Susan is often visited by honey bees, butterflies of many varieties including the monarch, beetles and flies. Watch Queue Queue The Metallic Green Bee, shown here, is a good example of the small bees that enjoy Black-eyed Susan’s big, soft, landing pad and shallow flowers. Watch Queue Queue. Its hairy leaves are adapted to retain water, and its flowers can be used to make a yellow dye. Black-eyed Susan Biennial or short-lived perennial that blooms the first year from seeds planted in early spring, and it is often grown as an annual. Bees are attracted to the bright yellow, brown-centered flowers, and enjoy sucking up the nectar. It is easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. This plant is thought to be poisonous to sheep, pigs, and cattle. It is however, very attractive to the bees, flies, butterflies, and beetles … And when those seed heads start to turn, they will begin to attract all sorts of birds as well! Coming back year after year, it’s a … Native to North America, black-eyed Susan (also known as rudbeckia) is a cheerful addition to any garden—and a honeybee favorite. Black-eyed Susan is a familiar summer-blooming wildflower. This video is unavailable. Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia spp., annual or perennial): Nothing says summer like a beautiful black-eyed Susan, and bees appreciate their prolific flowers just as much as we do. Notice the proboscis, the long straw that the insect uses to sip nectar with. One to seek out is the heavy blooming dwarf ‘Little Goldstar’ ( Rudbeckia fulgida var . Small butterflies like this Skipper enjoy Black-eyed Susans. A honey bee working a black eyed susan Drought resistant and hardy, Black-Eyed Susan will be visited over and over again by butterflies and bees when their beautiful blooms open up throughout the summer months. Notice the pollen packed onto the bee’s hind legs.