I posted about my deck hummingbird feeder yesterday here: Ruby Throated. There is a bell shaped object in the photo and I asked if anyone knew what it was. Nobody did. So now I will show the entire feeder so you can see how the ant guard works. You can see the ant guard at the very top of the photo. You can see how hot and humid it is, there is condensation on the (mason jar) feeder. The hummingbird is a female Ruby throated. You can tell her markings are lighter than the male. The males are always more colorful. They need this benefit to attract females. Isn’t this always the case. ha!
Ants are naturally attracted to sugar as you know. I make the nectar in the feeder using one part sugar to four parts water. It is very sweet. This is what the hummingbirds like and compares to what flower nectar would be. But when you offer this to the hummers, you also attract insects like ants. They can be a nuisance. I found this bell shaped ant guard that attaches to the top of the feeder. So far I have seen no ants. Makes things so much easier for me and the hummingbirds.
365 Photos Challenge Day 199
Have you seen an ant guard on a feeder before?