Honeysuckle and clever bees

Here’s another example of bees thwarting a flower’s efforts for pollination.

The bee is making use of a hole bitten by a previous bee to take nectar from the honeysuckle flower. If you look closely, you can see the other flowers also have holes bitten in them - the brownish discoloured marks.
The bee is making use of a hole bitten by a previous bee to take nectar from the honeysuckle flower. If you look closely, you can see most of the other flowers also have holes bitten in them – the brownish discoloured marks.

Earlier on in the season, the bees were quite happy to go “through the front door” to get at the nectar. Perhaps now there is less nectar and they are no longer able to reach it that way, so, they just chomp a hole out the side. Clever bees.

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