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Pussy Willow is insect pollinated

I never knew that before!  But a few days ago I found a pussy willow tree basking in the morning sunlight, and it was all over bees, hoverflies, wasps, and even a rather raggedy peacock butterfly left over from last year was feeding enthusiastically (I wonder where it went when it snowed?)   I had always assumed that plants with catkins were wind-pollinated, but in this case, clearly not.

Sadly I did not have my camera with me, so here's a brimstone butterfly feeding on a violet instead.

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puddleshark
3rd Apr, 2019 06:49 (UTC)
Lovely Brimstone-on-violet shot! It has been a fantastic year for Brimstones here - I don't ever remember seeing so many of them along the lanes.

Yes, I love seeing all the big queen bumblebees bumbling massively among the fluffy catkins at this time of year.
bunn
5th Apr, 2019 19:41 (UTC)
Oddly, I don't remember every noticing bees on pussy willow before; I suppose it is not that often that we get warm dry weather in March/April, but still, I feel most unobservant that I must have just walked clean past them!
ylla
4th Apr, 2019 14:52 (UTC)
I didn't know that larches had flowers, but they have excitingly bright pink ones!

(Possibly they are not flowers at all, but they look just like flowers and act just like flowers, so...)
bunn
5th Apr, 2019 19:42 (UTC)
My automatic reaction to that was 'Noooooooo' but having googled for them, they look familiar so I guess I knew that but... somehow had not registered it under 'larch flowers!'
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