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Bumble bee 'cheater' drinking nectar

Bumble bee 'cheater' drinking nectar

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30.2 x 42.9 cm ⏐ 11.9 x 16.9 in (300dpi)

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CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Bumble bee "cheater" drinking nectar from the flower Symphytum officinale. This insect is avoiding the pollination trap of being dusted with pollen when searching for nectar. Instead of entering the petal-tube, this "cheater" bumble bee cuts a hole at the base of the petals, inserts its proboscis, and feeds. This stealing of nectar is of little benefit to the Symphytum flower.

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