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thada1 

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My textbooks tell me that Apis m. like geranium pratense, the field geranium. We have a perennial, prostrate geranium (described as ordinary, packet geranium by the head gardener), that attracts all the bumble bees, as well as some honey bees. She certainly seems to be slurping up the nectar.

To make this educational, here's a question for the naturalists amongst you.

the flowers appear to be male or female - is this typical for all geraniums, or just this one. Note the "grappelling hook" stigma in some flowers, and its absence in the flowers with developing anthers.
 

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