Bee happy, the magnolias are in bloom

Every year our magnolia trees bloom and it’s a feast for the bees. They are actually gathering pollen instead of nectar. The magnolia blossom first starts as a closed cup filled with fragrance. That draws the bees to it immediately but, they cant get into it just yet.

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In a few hours, the inner blossom begins to open and the bees immediately start pulling the stamens off the bud. The open blossom forms cups which hold the dropped stamens and the bees land and roll into them. They are busy for a couple of hours packing pollen into the pollen bags on their legs.  Occasionally, they will return to get some of the sap which does come out where the stamens have been but that doesn’t seem to be their primary purpose.

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About birds n' bugs

Retired, living in SW Florida and spending my time at nature photography in my local area. I volunteer with a couple of local organizations to help my adopted home town. Travelling is now by airplane and car instead of a sailboat but happy anyway.
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2 Responses to Bee happy, the magnolias are in bloom

  1. chatou11 says:

    Oh my gosh, you are so lucky to have them growing, my magnolia has got some “desease” and does not put flowers on it. I am desperate… thanks for sharing, I enjoyed it

  2. whiteerinm says:

    Enjoying the view of your pollinators – fun chatting with you yesterday 🙂 You can find my blog at http://MyMobileAdventures.com

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