This will be the second-last image in this pollinator series, as there are plenty of great non-pollinator images in the Flickr pool and the garden’s BPotD submissions forum to share. Thanks to Eric in SF @Flickr for sharing today’s photograph with us (original via Flickr BPotD Group Pool). Much appreciated, Eric, as always!
Passiflora caerulea, or passionflower, has previously been featured on BPotD — but not with a honey bee! As stated by Eric on the Flickr page, this species is bee-pollinated. Wikipedia’s entry on Passiflora mentions the pollinators of other species: “Some species can be pollinated by hummingbirds and bumble bees, others by wasps, still others are self-pollinating.”
The University of Connecticut’s Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Greenhouses have a page on Passiflora caerulea with horticultural information. Wayne Armstrong provides a brief summary of economic uses, religious symbolism and toxic properties of the genus in a small write-up on Passiflora.