Magnolia and bedraggled bees

The Magnolias are in seed now.  Just one of the signs of a change of season in Florida.  In the summer we had the magnificent white blossoms which attracted so many bees.  Now, those blossoms have become seed pods.  The started as green but gradually turn to  a red as the seeds mature.  They will change from feeding the bees to feeding the birds as the seeds are eaten and spread.   Here is what they looked like with the bees.

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Here is a before and after image once the bees were through with them.

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At the bottom left you can see the mature pod and at the top right a fully ripened one open to feed the birds.

We get a lot of rain now too.  This causes the bees a few problems.  It doesn’t take much water to weigh them down so they just land and hang on until the rain ends.  If you are out between storms, you will find them trying to crawl into the sunlight to dry off.

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It certainly makes it easy to get pictures.

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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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