Tuesday, July 8, 2008

A mallow day.

The mallows are in flower, both the herbaceous ones (Malva alcea) and the evergreen tree mallow, Lavatera thuringiaca. From a distance I could see the Malva were being mobbed by bees. White bees?

The bees' heads, thoraxes, and in some cases wings were blanketed with white pollen. Some were so pollenized that they seemed to be having trouble flying.

Pollen blindness.

Bee, sans head.

Next door, at the Lavatera, not a lot of interest. Malva must be on special.


Niels Plougmann said...

I was picturing my dark purple malvas and saw all the pollen they produced - the bees sure like them!
Mine started out as purple but seedlings have turned out both white like yours and some even blush pink.

Hugh said...

Sounds nice. Mine are either very pale pink or stark white, from start to finish.