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Chicory Pollinators

7-19-13 chicory pollenTwenty minutes of observing air-borne visitors to a patch of roadside Chicory revealed nine different species of pollinators, including bees, flies and beetles. Most of the insects were bees, which makes sense, as honeybees, leafcutting bees and ground-nesting bees are the primary pollinators of this flower. Without exception, all of the pollinating insects were covered from head to toe with Chicory’s white pollen grains. As they circled the flowers’ stamens collecting pollen, the insects’ bodies were inadvertently dusted with some of it. Thanks to these diligent pollen-collectors and transporters, American Goldfinches and other seed-eating birds will be feeding on Chicory seeds come winter. (Electron microscopy by Igor Siwanowic and Scienceworks.)

6 responses

  1. Chickory?

    July 19, 2013 at 11:37 am

    • I believe the accepted spelling is Chicory, but I have also seen it spelled chickory! Same plant, Cichorium intybus.

      July 19, 2013 at 12:48 pm

  2. Marilyn

    So that’s chicory!

    July 19, 2013 at 11:53 am

  3. clydo1946 .

    Have you been on hiatus? I haven’t received any postings as of late.

    August 13, 2013 at 11:45 am

    • No, no hiatus whatsoever! Something must be going on with WordPress. Can you sign up for my blog again? So sorry!

      August 13, 2013 at 12:49 pm

  4. Ben mikulis


    Attaching a photo of a small green frog 1.0″long. It’s on top of a string bean leaf about 4ft from ground. Photo taken at 11am in bright sunlight.

    Never have seen this small frog before.

    Naturally, I’m very curious…can you identify? Ben Nashua, NH


    August 20, 2013 at 6:39 pm

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