12 October 2010


The flowers of the Clerodendrum myricoides 'Ugandense' (common name: Butterfly Bush) along the Orchard Road in front of Liat Towers were visited by this Carpenter Bee.

I could not capture clear photos of it but it is apparent from the photos how the Carpenter Bee became a pollinator for the plant. As it flew towards the flower to extract the nectar, the arching stigmas probably deposited its pollen grains from the anthers onto the back of the bee, which was then carried to other flowers and in turn pollinated the pistils.