Early Bird Pollinators

Common Drone Fly on Hoop Daffodil.

Slurping up pollen from an anther. The flower’s stigma can be seen between the fly’s legs.

Close-up of fly/pollen interface.

(Common Drone is something of a bee-mimic.)

A real bee, albeit a farm animal. Honey Bee on another Hoop daffy. Stigma reaching out further than the anthers.

She’s packed plenty of pollen onto her legs, but the stick stuff is all over her, including her tongue and antennae.

Another Honey Bee on a squill.

Too bad this pollen isn’t blue, too.

Another Honey Bee, one of several, all over this Rosebud Cherry.

And here is unknown fly species up close and personal in a Virginia Spring Beauty.

2 Responses to “Early Bird Pollinators”

  1. 1 Eileen T Ferara March 16, 2023 at 7:34 pm

    Really incredible shots of the insects!

  2. 2 Chris March 23, 2023 at 2:45 pm

    The hovering honey bee with the load of pollen is such a great image!

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