Our friends have a fence thriving with passiflora vines (passion flowers). The other day, I watched the bees as they checked out those flowers. Their way of getting the nectar was pretty riveting!
The best part, though, is when they start circling the stamens in the bloom’s center. ‘Round and ’round they circle, propelled by their insatiable appetite for the flower’s sweet rewards. Their legs carress the other-wordly petals of the passion flower like a musician plucking harp strings. I took a movie of a bee enjoying one bloom, fascinated by this display.
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As much as they love nectar, there’s one thing they probably love more. Can you guess what that is?