Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Nectar – Does One Dip Or Suck?

Flowers that are pollinated by bees have sweeter nectar than those that are pollinated by butterflies. Sweeter nectar is thicker and so it is more efficient for bees, that dip their tongue into the more viscous liquid. Butterflies on the other hand, suck nectar up through their narrow proboscis, so visit flowers with less sweet but thinner, more liquid nectar. The sugar concentration for bees is about 35% while for butterflies it is only around 20-25%.
Posted by Astrojenny

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I'm definitely more a bee at heart as I have a major sweet tooth. Again though evolution probably played a role here :-)

I prefer a straw (and perhaps a little umbrella on the side, with an olive maybe ;)

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