Monday, September 29, 2014

Thank you for the sweet nectar

Little S[iderhunter at the Yellow Ixora flowers
Zone C

 It's early in the morning and the first visitor at the Yellow Ixora sbrub was the Little Spiderhunter.  It was intent of getting a taste of the sweet nectar.  I would normally pull the stigma and style slowly out of the long tube.  The long style and especially the bottom tip of it tastes sweet.  The style is as thin as a needle and as such Malays call the ixora flower as 'Bunga Jarum' (Needle flower).  I makes me wonder whether the Little Spiderhunter pulls out the style or just applies its suction power from its beak and tonque to collect the nectar.

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