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Cheeky Common carder bee

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I just thought I would share this picture with the forum. This tiny Common carder bee went round every single flower on this Geum plant, and took the nectar without going near the pollen. Very sneaky smile

     

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Love it…....
“Just need a quick top up before I carry on with the rest of the days work !”

Nice photo.

Peter

     
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Thanks Lou

I have heard of nectar robbing where short-tongued bumblebees bite holes at the base of tubular flowers, to access the juicy nectar.
But it looks as if this clever carder isn’t even doing this, just slipping her proboscis in between the petals.

Fascinating!
I like the way busy bees are not shy about taking a short-cut!

cheers, elaine

     
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What a delightful observation !

If anyone wants to see “standard nectar-robbing”, keep an eye on Comfrey, Runner, French, and Broad bean flowers and Aquilegias.

Honey bees also rob, using the holes made by bumblebees, particularly on Runner Bean flowers.

Clive