Couldn’t resist taking this photo of the insect wildlife while on a recent visit to the Morris Arboretum in PA. While it was somewhat larger than its organic relative, it did do me the courtesy of hovering in place to allow me to take a quick snap before flying off.
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I was watching the behaviour of the nectar-robbers yesterday.
It looked to me as if the larger (more powerful?) bumblebees were doing the donkey work, biting through the side of the flower, and the smaller bees were taking advantage of the new route to nectar supplies.
I didn't see any of the smaller bees doing any cutting work - just moving from hole-to-hole.