More lily pollination

Turk's cap lily

The above photo sets the scene . . .  A lovely Turk’s cap lily which began blooming today.  Note the small insect on the anther.  Let’s get closer to that stamen.

Turk's cap lily

Looks like one of those metallic bees working on the lily’s anther.  Let’s go even closer with the macro lens.

Metallic bee on anther

Oh my!  How colorful this bee is.  Green and red and black.  What’s that bee doing anyway?

Metallic bee on anther

Scraping at the anther with the front legs.

Metallic bee on anther

Scraping with the mouth parts.

Metallic bee on anther

Look at that belly covered with red pollen.

Metallic bee on anther

Still harvesting — even as the legs are loaded with the red pollen.

Stamen

This is the same stamen — several hours later — drying and shrivelling.

Turk's cap lily

And the same beautiful lily — with smaller anthers.  What a perfect example of “ephemeral.”

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