My last post for this week (I have no photos of pollinating bats, unfortunately), is of hummingbirds.
Hummers are another favorite subject of mine. They are so earnest as they go zipping about their business.
I have come to the conclusion that although musk thistles are considered a noxious, invasive weed in the west because the leaves and stem cannot be eaten, they are a boon for pollinators. Every pollinator I’ve looked at this week has loved them. Just goes to show that nothing is all good, or all bad, I guess.
This is one of my all time favorites — this girl was totally unconcerned that I was just 2 feet away snapping pictures as fast as I could. Rosemary comes from the Mediterranean, and so isn’t particularly adapted to being pollinated by hummingbirds, but it still offers enough nectar to make it worth our girl’s while.
Although this female is getting an easy meal from our feeder, she obviously varies where she’s feeding. Eventually, she’ll take that pollen on her beak to other flowers in the area. Once again, the pollinator gives back by moving pollen around for the plant.