18th August 2016

IMG_8393The Bumble Bee's long tongue reaches in for nectar

The long tongue of the Bumble Bee reaches the nectar

Teasels and BeesTeasel-heads contain hundreds of flowers which emerge over time in rings up and down the head. The whole plant- stem, leaves and all- is spiky! A brilliant provider of nectar and pollen for different bees and insects, the seeds are taken by Goldfinches in autumn– though only the male has a long enough bill to reach the seeds. I love having Teasels in the garden, though they do seed around. This is the first time I’ve noticed how, once the tiny flowers are older and have given all the food they can, the action of the bee feeding pulls the flower out altogether, or maybe it deliberately pulls them out once redundant, I don’t know. Conditions: Sunny spells. Temperature: Max 23- Min 14C

As the Bee feeds the older flowers are either pulled out deliberately or dislodged once they are empty of food

As the Bee feeds the older flowers are either pulled out deliberately or dislodged once they are empty of food

As the flowers are removed the amazing structure of the seed head is revealed

As the flowers are removed the amazing structure of the seed head is revealed

All parts of the architectural Teasel are spiky

All parts of the architectural Teasel are spiky

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