Friday, September 9, 2016

Phlox, September 9, 2016

Prentiss county, Mississippi, USA, September 2, 2016
My Phlox have had a difficult year. Deer ate the tender tops, leaving only a few buds to bloom.

And now they have fallen victim to the nectar-robbers (like this bee) that pierce the stem of the bloom to steal the nectar without pollinating the flowers. Who knew there was so much crime and drama in the plant world!

Hope you a having a great day!

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  1. I learned something new today Lea. As you say, who knew? Well, I do now thanks to you. Lovely photos of your phlox. I am so glad these survived. Thank you for sharing with Today's Flowers and have a great weekend :)

  2. Hello!:) The Phlox is a lovely flower, and your photos with the Robber bee are really great captures. I have also learnt something new, as I have never heard of these little thieves before. Enjoy your weekend.:)

  3. I say.....'lock 'im up!!!!' [kidding]

    Great close up images ... very detailed and colorful. As is your commentary.

  4. Great macros! Parasites are found everywhere, not only in the human world :-)
    Than you for your participation in the Floral Friday Foto meme, I look forward to your next contribution.

  5. Bad deer! I was surprised to find a couple still blooming at the Arboretum last week. The prairies are mostly asters, gentians and goldenrod these days.


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