For the identification of insects and other fauna and flora of South Africa.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The plants and the bees

This succulent is growing in the front garden and is rather large, about two feet in diameter.
A few months ago it started to get a flower in the centre.

Soon it as over six feet tall and strated to keel over.

First it got the stalk with the green knobs on it, starting from the bottom of the plant and carrying upwards in time.

Slowly but surely they opened into pretty white flowers.

These soon turned yelow and hundreds of bees and ants could be seen crawling amongst the flowers.

It was amazing to see the amount of pollen these bees collected.

Sometimes their legs were so full, I did not think they would be able to fly.

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