In the shade of a leaf, deep in the middle of a pumpkin flower…



five bees had found a rich source of nectar.



From time to time one bee would clamber out of the flower and fly off…



but a few seconds later there would be five in the ring again – a newcomer or a quick return?



In the flower next door (a male) a single, solitary bee was working its way round and round the column of stamens.  There’s no room for five in this flower.



A few hours later all the flowers were closed and the party was over.

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