Air traffic control to Flight 233. Over.
Flight 233 approaching runway. Over.
Runway lights are on, Flight 233. Have a safe landing. Over.
OK, so I have no idea what a conversation between air traffic control and a pilot really is, but I do know that some plants have runways to guide pollinators. And by the way–233 on a phone=BEE.
Have you ever seen a more beautiful runway than the one on an iris?
With their banner, wings and keels, the pea-like structure of the lupine is different, but . . .
it’s a favorite for a variety of pollinators.
A nip of nectar
and a dash of pollen
makes for a happy bumblebee and a happy flower. The bee’s orange pollen basket is almost full.
Some wildflowers don’t need pollination to produce viable seeds, but when a visitor drops by for a sip, some pollen will attach to its fuzzy body and be transported to the next plant.
Notice the hairiness below the flower of the orange hawkweed–I’ve read that that’s an attempt to keep slow moving insects, like ants, from coming in for a treat–they prefer flying insects. Rather picky.
Though chive blossoms consist of numerous flowers that are perfect, in that they each have both male and female parts, they can’t self-pollinate because the stamen sheds pollen before the pistil is ready.
Thus, they depend on flying pollinators to deal with the timing issue.
Like the hobblebush I mentioned in earlier posts, the daisy consists of a ray of white sterile flowers surrounding a disk of yellow fertile flowers.
It had just opened today, but already is attracting attention.
So many different guiding lights. Thanks for buzzin’ ’bout with me on this nectar flight.
4 thoughts on “Buzzin’ ‘Bout”
Hello! Having recently found your blog, I enjoy very much your posts. Today I was wandering around McLaughlin Garden (South Paris) and came upon what looked like a wasp/hummingbird. Here’s a pic; the fluttering phenom was quite elusive and I was lucky to capture one decent – photo. If you can possibly identify the winged creature I would greatly appreciate your thoughts. Earlene
Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
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Hi Earlene, I’m so glad you found your way here. How did you learn of the blog? I don’t know why, but I can’t see your pic. McLaughlin Gardens is a beautiful space. I actually wrote an article about McLaughlin for Lake Living magazine’s spring 2014 issue entitled “Diggin’ the Garden.” http://issuu.com/lakelivingmaine/docs/llspring.web-1?e=1260481/7310305
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.
Enjoyed it, good observations. My irises are so pretty right now, but have not seen any open daisies. Ursula >
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First one of the season. Worth celebrating 🙂
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