Bumblebee rides mint flower

by Stephanie Suesan Smith, Ph.D. on August 26, 2010

This bumblebee looks like it is riding the mint flower.  You can see its’ tongue, though, while it drinks the nectar.

Bumblebee riding mint flower

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Janice Seagraves August 27, 2010 at 10:52 pm

Very nice photo. We have bumbles in our area. Great pollinator, but they will bypass the stamen on the morning glory, but I have too many of those anyway. 🙂

Janice~

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admin August 28, 2010 at 7:28 am

I imagine they bump the stamen some. Most plants with big flowers have evolved to take advantage of their visitors and not let them get away without some payoff to the flower.

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