A Bumble Bee pollinating a Bottle Gentian, Gentiana andrewsii blossom, Phippsburg Maine, September first. Bottle Gentians are indigenous Maine wildflowers. The blossoms in this photo are as open as they will be, thus the name "bottle." The one and only pollinators of this plant are these big Bumble Bees. They are the only insects large enough to pry open the flowers and climb inside for the pollen.
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