Monday, November 3, 2014

Sticky Pollen

Arrowwood (Viburnum dentatum) in bloom. © Beatriz Moisset
 Some kinds of pollen are stickier than others. I marvel at that of arrowwood, Viburnum dentatum. These flowers attract numerous insects. The pollen coating can be impressive. It is hard to identify some of the bees when their features are hidden by abundant white dust.

Can you tell which kind of bee? © Beatriz Moisset
Probably the same bee. Hard to tell. © Beatriz Moisset
A closeup of another bee. © Beatriz Moisset
And one more. Take a look at those anthers. © Beatriz Moisset
Flower longhorn beetle taking a break. © Beatriz Moisset
Even the lady beetle larva gets coated with pollen. © Beatriz Moisset

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