The Bee in the Zucchini

Luckily, my son is observant. I would’ve missed this if it weren’t for him. While at my parent’s house over the weekend, my son and I were sent down to the garden to pick a fresh zucchini. I asked my son to look in the plant to see if he could find the best one to pick. While searching, he found a bee. Very cool… it’s absolutely covered in pollen! Click on a photo to view it larger…

The bee was a wonderful model. It sat there for quite a while, so I could capture these photos. Yay!

We also had a great discussion about pollination. We’ve read about it and talked about it many times before, but this bee was a great visual example of how the pollen can be transferred from plant to plant. It’s easy to see how that would happen. My son was fascinated. When the bee was finally done resting, it flew straight into the center of a zucchini flower, allowing my son to see it in action. Cool stuff!

15 Comments

  1. Renard Moreau says:

    [ Smiles ] I LOVE this! At least the bee knows the good stuff!

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  2. So cool that the bee went straight to the zucchini flower so he could see it in action!!! Gorgeous photos!

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    1. A Nature Mom says:

      Thanks Lee Anne! It was a cool thing to see.

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  3. Planting Potatoes says:

    it is so great to see your son learning so much!

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  4. We got to spend time with the bees in Carmel last year – they even had kid-size bee outfits! A great summer moment.

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    1. A Nature Mom says:

      They must have been so cute in their bee costumes!!

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  5. Sometimes children allow us to see through their eyes. Which is fortunate because they pay attention to what is important; like bees…and zucchini.

    Great pics.

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    1. A Nature Mom says:

      So true! I would’ve simply gone in and picked the zucchini. He, however, was checking out the entire plant, flowers and all. I love that my child slows me down and helps me focus on the cool, little stuff.

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  6. seapunk2 says:

    Your title sounds like a good title for one of my children’s stories!!
    This is my favorite post. The colors are gorgeous.
    The bee’s been busy! HA HA HA!
    What I want to know, is, did he come back with a big or small zucchini or what? πŸ™‚ Did he use a pocket knife?

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    1. A Nature Mom says:

      Thank you! LOL… there was only one zucchini on the plant!! Easy! And it was a perfect, normal size (not one of those weird big ones) πŸ™‚ No knife!

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  7. Alex Jones says:

    Awesome find. I have been reading up on bees today. Evidently bees thrive in towns and cities.

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    1. A Nature Mom says:

      Bees are amazing creatures!

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