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photoblog image On the gourd flower

On the gourd flower

We have gourds growing in the veggie garden almost year round. They grow easily, and fruit prolifically. 

 

Insects of all kinds favour the gourd flower for its nectar and pollen.

 

This small beetle likes to eat the petals.

On the gourd flower

We have gourds growing in the veggie garden almost year round. They grow easily, and fruit prolifically. 

 

Insects of all kinds favour the gourd flower for its nectar and pollen.

 

This small beetle likes to eat the petals.

comments (12)

I like the way the petals curl...
Ray: The flower has not fully opened yet...the beetle is opportunistically making an early start.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 19 Nov 2017, 06:11
I can detect the smile on his face as he faces up to another day of heavy munching - a lovely shot!
Ray: It does seem to be smiling, Chris.
Wouah..quelle belle prise de vue , merci Ray
Bon dimanche
Ray: Ces petits scarabées posent très séduisante pour la photographe, Claudine.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 Nov 2017, 07:31
Each to their own I suppose. Isn't that biting the hand that feeds it, though?
Ray: They assist with pollination, Alan, so it probably works out ok.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 19 Nov 2017, 07:46
Oh, this insects seems to have climbed up a Himalaya like mountain.
Ray: That is a mountain of food for this little critter, Philine.
He is a rather appealing little chap
Ray: I have a lot of time for these little marauders, Bill.
He has a big feast ahead of him then
Ray: These little beetles are enthusiastic feasters, Martin.
You probably eat the blossoms too but usually there are lots to share.
Ray: We eat the tip of the runners [delicious] but not the flowers, Mary...the flowers are encouraged to become fruits that will find their way into soups.
He's a cute little character.
Ray: Yes...a cute garden marauder, Brian.
I love this photo, Ray! Great work!
Ray: You are very kind, Elizabeth.
They are probably very tasty smile
Ray: The flowers, runners and fruits of the gourd are all excellent, Tom...its a useful plant to have in the garden.
ahha, i see you!

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