Surprising foraging method for my bees to collect nectar from blue Salvia
The flowers of the blue Salvia are much too deep for any bee to reach the nectar from the front like a humming bird or butterfly might. However, the bumble bees solve this problem by piercing a hole in the bottom of the flower to reach nectar.
This morning I saw one honey bee moving from flower to flower, and wondered what it was doing since I believed it was physically impossible for her to get anything from these flowers. Upon closer inspection, I discovered that she was taking nectar through the pierced holes that the bumble bees leave behind!
I was so proud of my innovative little girl, but do realize that the summer dearth is about here and they've got to be creative with diverse nectar sources until fall.