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Pollinators at Work in the Morning Glory Vine

The pollinators at work in the morning glory vine prove to make it a tough little plant that reseeds frequently.

Pollinators at Work in the Morning Glory Vine

On Monday mornings, I usually take my camera into the garden and take photographs for articles I plan to write during the week. We got just about 5 inches of rain last week from a strong thunderstorm and the outer rim of Hurricane Irene, and the flowers just love it. I noticed that the morning glory vine growing over the trellis at the garden entrance looked particularly lovely, so I stepped closer to get some closeup photos of the various hued flowers. It was then that I noticed that some of the flowers were bouncing up and down, but there was no wind.

As I watched, this little bee backed out of the deep throat of the flower. He was so coated with pollen that he was nearly indistinguishable from the white throat of the flower. Bees have always been a symbol of industry and hard work, and watching this guy move from flower to flower, diving in headfirst, then wiggling his bulbous butt as he backed out of the flower made me laugh. He never rested, though. He kept moving from flower to flower no matter how much pollen stuck to his abdomen.  I tried to capture my new pollinator friend at work in these photos.  Can you spot him?

 

 

 

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  • Sue
    August 30, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Wonderful shots.
    Isn’t it amazing what wonderful things are going on in our gardens all the time? We just need to “look”……….
    Thanks for sharing these.

  • . . . Lisa and Robb . . .
    September 4, 2011 at 5:06 am

    Great photos.

    I’ll bet “he” is a native bee, and also a “she.”