All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Honeybee with Milkweed pollinia</strong>

It took nearly 50 shots to finally get this picture! I had to handhold the camera because the bee was moving too fast to use a tripod. She was having a very difficult time walking on the milkweed flow...
Honeybee with Milkweed pollinia

It took nearly 50 shots to finally get this picture! I had to handhold the camera because the bee was moving too fast to use a tripod. She was having a very difficult time walking on the milkweed flowers because of all the pollinia that had attached to her feet! Milkweed flowers have highly specialized pollen-bearing structures that must be picked up by a bee or beetle, then correctly inserted into another flower on a nearby plant. Maybe she will succeed in pollinating some flowers so there will be some seedpods this fall! :)

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