Here in the Bay Area of Northern California, June and July tend to be our foggiest months. The fog finally lifts in early August, and September and October are often our hottest months. There’s obviously variation in this, but it works as a general rule. But during this past August, the fog and gloom seemed like it would never lift. Finally, by mid August it was “Spring.” Thus I was able to capture this new bud of a Princess Flower on August 17th.
How can such a small creature gather so much pollen? About six years ago, researchers discovered something new about flowers and bees. Would you believe electric charges????? It turns out as a bee flies through the air, the friction of the bee’s body parts against the air causes the bee to have a slight positive charge. The flowers that attract bees have a slight negative charge. So when a bee lands on the flower, the bee’s body attracts the pollen to it and the pollen sticks! On February 22, 2013, NPR ran the spot “Honey It’s Electric: Bees Sense Charge On Flowers.” Who knew?