Monday, July 20, 2009

More Passion

I don't usually run multiple entries of the same flower, but its hard to get too much passion, especially when they come with a big bumble bee. (all pics, July 18, 2009).
It would appear, that the Passion flower is designed, just for such a host. Note how the overturned anther (Pollen bearing thing that looks like a clutch purse) rubs that back of the bee, swabbing him in pollen as he feeds at the nectar rich center.
For more on the Passion flower see original Passion Flower entry just a couple blogs back.

1 comment:

Amber said...

Hi Kirkwood-

Great pics & a great site! I just wanted to let you know that this particular bee is not a bumble bee, but another one of my favorites- a Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa virginica). It's easy to confuse them, but bumble bees have furrier rumps!

Thanks for the great stuff!