Friday, October 21, 2016

Nectar Robbing

The other day in the garden I noticed large and small bumblebees, even wasps, landing on the flowers. I also saw they were crawling up to the bottom of the flower and not at the end where the nectar is. Again and again I saw each one doing the same thing.

I thought they must be cutting into the end of the flower and getting the nectar from there. I wasn't sure, but I knew they were too large and their mouth parts weren't long enough to reach inside the flowers for nectar.

I did a search to find out if my premise was correct. Guess what, there is such an activity in nature. Certain bumblebees, wasps, fruit bats, even a species of squirrel actually do cut into the flower to rob the nectar. It's called nectar robbing. Click the link to read more about nectar robbing.

Keep on eye on nature, you never know what you might learn. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished - Lao Tzu

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Lili Elbe

Lili Elbe by Gerda Gottleib

Last night I watched the movie, The Danish Girl, the story of Danish painter Einar Wegenar. Einar later known as Lili Elbe underwent one of the first gender reassignment operations in the early 1900s. Gerda Gottleib was Einar's wife and also a painter. The storyline revolves around their struggles as artists and the pioneer transgender sex reassignment of Einar into Lili Elbe.

Poplerne ved Hobro c 1919
by Einar Mogons Wegenar

If you get a chance to see the movie I recommend it. It's a moving glimpse into the sexual identity struggles of a transgender person at a time when society was much less accepting or knowledgeable about the variations and nuances of human sexuality. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly

Yesterday afternoon I was sitting outside and noticed my pineapple sage plant is filled with cloudless sulphur butterflies. Click the links to read more about pineapple sage and this beautiful butterfly.

It's been so dry this is just about the only plant blooming. The top side of their wings are much more yellow.

I couldn't get a good photo of one with the wings open; they are much too quick in their flight.

There were also several orange butterflies on the sage plant. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.