~2400 ft, Figueroa Mountain Road, Santa Barbara County, California, USA September 25, 2006
The same specimen (Anthophora sp.?) seen at the end of the extended stamen, brushing off pollen - note the already laden scopa - (style and stamen structure are such that they encourage cross pollination - but that's another topic).
I have observed the same behavioral sequence in honey bees (which this is not), i.e. first 'nectaring', then going out to the extended stamen of a related plant, Trichostema lanatum. Subsequently, they fly off laden with blue of white pollen (two different cultivars at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens).
Contributed by Hartmut Wisch on 1 October, 2006 - 9:00pm Last updated 22 December, 2009 - 10:32pm
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