Gaywing flowers may leave bees with a let-down feeling.
Although the gaywings may look like toy airplanes, they have an ingenious pollination system that toys with the bees.
Gaywings are also called fringed polygala.
That name partly comes from the frilly little fringes protruding from the front of the blossom.
A pollinator coming in for a landing would likely land just above those fringes right?
When it lands, the landing pad gives way and the pollinator get a poke in the belly.
Compare the before and after shots below.
I must say that is quite a nifty way to apply pollen to a transportation device.
Gaywings pack a pollinator punch.
What else are they concealing?
To be continued...