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A closer look at the dark bee in the prickly pear cactus flower

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Dark Bee in Prickly Pear Cactus Flower 8002A

Click for greater clarity, especially in the pollen grains.

Now that’s one potent pollinator.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 26, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Dark bee in a prickly pear cactus flower

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Dark Bee in Prickly Pear Cactus Flower 8006

Click for greater clarity.

As May arrived, so did the flowers on the prickly pear cacti, Opuntia engelmannii, and with the advent of those flowers came many insects that were attracted to them. Before Europeans brought honeybees to the Americas, native bees like this one pollinated the wildflowers. They still do.

Date: May 21.  Place: Great Hills Park.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 26, 2013 at 6:21 AM

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