Passionflower Pollination

This passionflower vine (Maypop) in Bent Tree was full of flowers, pollen, buzzing bees, and fruit (second photo below). I’ve posted Bent Tree passionflower photos almost every year.  Click here for a post from two years ago that might bring back some childhood memories.

August 21, 2019 - Passionflower and bees in Bent Tree

August 21, 2019 – Passionflower and bees in Bent Tree

August 21, 2019 - Passionflower (maypop) fruit in Bent Tree - it "may pop" if you step on it

August 21, 2019 – Passionflower (Maypop) fruit in Bent Tree – it “may pop” if you step on it

Pollinators Galore

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Yesterday was the final day of 2019’s National Pollinator Week.  While the power was out at our cabin, I took a morning stroll down one of Bent Tree’s trails, and came across a patch of blooming Downy False-foxglove that was literally buzzing with pollinators.  Look closely at the photo above to see a pollen basket on the bee.

June 23, 2019 - Pollinators on Downy False-foxglove in Bent Tree

June 23, 2019 – Pollinators on Downy False-foxglove in Bent Tree (click image to zoom)