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My obsession with our popcorn patch continues...

13 Jun 2011
32°C / 90°F

Every time I walk past the popcorn patch I hear the buzz of happy bees gathering pollen from the tassels. And our backyard dragonflies recently started resting among the corn tops in between their hunting flights (photo #4). Today I couldn’t just walk on by – I ran inside and grabbed my camera so that I could capture these happy moments in something more reliable than my memory.




Those are really great photos. I don’t think I noticed bees at the corn last year – I’m going to keep an eye out for them this year.

Posted on 15 Jun 11 (about 8 years ago)

Their pollen baskets are bursting!

Posted on 15 Jun 11 (about 8 years ago)

Thanks! We grew corn when I was a kid, and I don’t remember bees visiting then either. They’re only visiting the tassels, not the silks, so I may not have been tall enough to notice at the time. My vegetable garden has an appealing diversity of pollinators, but only this one type of bee seems interested in the corn tassels. Collecting pollen from a wind-pollinated crop is probably a very easy and satisfying task for a bee. I don’t imagine that they’re getting any nectar for the tassels, though, so they might have to stop by more traditional flowers on the way back and forth to their hives for a sugary pick-me-up.

Posted on 15 Jun 11 (about 8 years ago)


Folia Helper

United States6b

Wonderful photos, redloon!

Posted on 16 Jun 11 (about 8 years ago)

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