Bees Pollinating Squash
August 8, 2014 by solarbeez
August 5, 2014…Male squash blossom (possibly an acorn squash) You can see the small sipping holes where the bees get the nectar. Male blossoms open earlier than female blossoms and stay open for days at a time.
August 1, 2014…A honeybee sipping nectar from a male squash blossom. The bee picks up pollen from the anther to transfer to the female blossom.
The blossom provides nectar to attract pollinators. This honeybee is sipping from nectar fountain of the female squash blossom…rubbing pollen onto the stigma.
August 6, 2014…this female blossom just opened today. Already there is a bee in attendance.
Open at 9:29 am or before…
Closed at 7:04 pm…after being opened only one day, this female blossom closed up shop.
August 7, 2014…blossom closed yesterday and remains closed. A measurement of 1 3/16″ (30 mm) is made on the diameter of the tiny acorn squash.