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i just saw my first honey bee's in the city limits where i live here in lansing michigan. 2 of them on some weeds i do not know the name of, but one of the bees was moving around from flower to flower. then i noticed the other bee's leg was stuck as it was trying to fly away. i was able to rescue the trapped bee by giving her a little gang plank to walk on and she broke free and was able to fly away.

how often do bees get stuck to flower and are unable to fly away?
anyone know?
 

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The only one I know of is the Milkweed Sp. flowers; there may be others. I don't know how often this occurs.

"The pollen of milkweed (Asciepias species) is produced in pollinia (coherent pollen grains) that are attached in pairs by a slender filament. When removed from a flower, the pollinia resemble a wishbone with pollen masses hanging from the ends. Honey bees become ensnared in the thin pollinia attachment and free themselves by pulling the pollinia from the flower. Honey bees often become seriously encumbered and unable to effectively fly or crawl because of the structures that remain attached to their body parts." >
http://maarec.cas.psu.edu/bkCD/Bee_Diseases/plantpoison.html

A photo: > http://closerviews.photoshelter.com...xdTcAgqyIFCdjvbz8PEdXNXfPeHdHHx_XoEhs0gCkMRok
 

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that looks like the flower. glad i saw the bee in trouble when i did.
it was pretty funny, one of the maintenance men was saying "don't mess with those bees now" when i found short twig to give the bee something to crawl on to escape.

i was looking out my window today and bee's were coming and going on my cilantro that has flowered. i am wondering where they are located at because i am in the middle of a city.
 
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