Calochortus tolmei pollinators

Travis O
Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:58:41 PDT

I made a short montage of recordings of some solitary bees and a dagger fly visiting Calochortus tolmei. I watched as the bees circled the interior of the flowers, collecting the nectar which is secreted from the hairless purplish splotches at the base of each petal, a common feature of all Calochortus species. Unfortunately I was unable to record this behavior, the bees saw me as a threat, no matter how quiet and slow I was, and promptly flew off as soon as I hit "record".  I like the part where the ant comes and chases the bee off. Here is the link, view it in HD:


Travis Owen
Rogue River, OR

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