Nectar Robber

edit-3273I took this photo a few weeks back at Cae Hir Gardens but it got left behind somehow. I noticed this bumblebee visiting these blue flowers, but rather than going in the top he seemed to be ‘cheating’ and getting getting his nectar some other way from beneath. I’ve just done some googling and this is known as ‘nectar robbing’. You’d think this would be bad for the flowers, not getting the insect coming in and spreading pollen … though if it was that bad, you’d think that some plants would have evolved with really tough petals making this kind of thing impossible… Anyway, it’s definitely another thing to fascinate me in the macro world šŸ™‚

 

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