Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Bumblebees and fuschia
While I was weeding I saw a hortorum worker enter a fushia flower. She had to wriggle and squeeze herself to get in, and it was the high pitched buzz that attracted my attention. Well she was in there for over a minute, and emerged covered in pollen, and went into the next flower. Fuschias must be a good nectar source to take such a long time to deplete. I'd never noticed bumblebees foraging on them before, but this one is right next to a cerinthe, which they love, so perhaps it was a lucky try. I cannot imagine that a big fat terrestris would have any chance getting in, so perhaps it is just hortorum that can manage it.