Wednesday, November 12, 2008
No such thing as a 'free lunch'
Here we have a bee burrowing right in to drink nectar from nectaries at the very base of the flower. For the bee, its the equivalent of stopping off at the pub on the way home from work.
You may have noticed that hollyhocks make masses of pollen. As the bee burrows in, he cant help but get covered in it! After he leaves this flower, he will order another pint at the next flower - thus bringing pollen from one flower to the next.
So the bee thinks he is getting a free lunch, and the hollyhock gets what it needs to set a big crop of seeds.