Subject: What’s on The Tongue?
Location: Hawthorne, CA
September 18, 2013 3:38 pm
I saw a bee on the bird bath today and was lucky enough to have my camera with me. Can you tell me what those odd gold colored things are on it’s proboscis? It sat there for quite some time ”cleaning” it with its front feet.
Signature: Thanks, Anna Carreon
We believe this might be the pollinium or pollen sac of a milkweed. We know you grow milkweed. See Nadia’s Yard and scroll down the milkweed page to see milkweed pollina attached to a honey bee. We first learned of Milkweed Pollinia from Julian Donahue who commented on a Orchid Bee posting. Your photos are positively gorgeous.
Thank you for clearing that one up for me, and for the compliment. I’m enjoying the new camera. Finally went from a point & shoot to a DSLR. It makes a huge difference!
Hi again Anna,
While we believe that the camera is only as good as the photographer, we also believe that photographers should have the best equipment for their needs.