Sunday, 8 May 2011

Nectar Thieves

Plants like comphrey have such long flowers that only long-tongued bees can reach the nectar. Some bees therefore cheat and bite a hole in the petals to get at the nectaries. These honey bees at Rowney Warren today weren't actually making holes, but were taking advantage of pre-created ones. I wonder which species of bee made them? These particular flowers weren't being pollenated anyway.



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