Whistling thorn flowering…

Hello – back in Kenya here. The Whistling Thorns are just starting to flower on the plains…

The Whistling Thorn has swollen thorns that ants live in...
The Whistling Thorn has swollen thorns that ants live in...

There are lots of different insects visiting the flowers, including these bees. It seems like the bees are the most efficient pollinators of this acacia’s flowers.

Honeybees visit the flowers in large numbers
Honeybees visit the flowers in large numbers
This is a leafcutter bee - it carries pollen on its belly!
This is a leafcutter bee - it carries pollen on its belly!
Another kind of bee - there were so many different ones!
Another kind of bee - there were so many different ones!
Here is a wild bee hovering near the flowers
Here is a wild bee hovering near the flowers
Butterflies were also visiting the flowers - This is an African Monarch
Butterflies were also visiting the flowers - This is an African Monarch

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