Bees on the Porch

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We've got a family of fat black bees living in a piece of driftwood on the edge of our porch. Last weekend I was watching them gather nectar and honey from the flowers around our yard. A bee-friendly flower is often shaped like a landing runway designed to maximize the spreading of pollen from flower to flower and plant to plant. With these fat black bees, they were too big to fit into these narrow shaped trumpet-like flowers, so instead they climb on the outside and force their proboscis through the base where the flower meets the stem. I had never seen this before and was surprised because it seems to avoid the flower's built-in pollen-catching design.

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