The low buzz is a sure giveaway that the flower will soon have company. Of course, you don’t have long to think about it, because once you hear the buzz, the hummingbird is already on approach, and most times, before you can blink, there’s a hummingbird in the flower.
This anna’s hummingbird decided that the flower made a perfect source of nectar. In and out of the flower she went, working to find the best nectar that the flower had to offer, then just like that, she buzzed out of there as quickly as she came in. She wasn’t gone long, though, before she was back, again enjoying the symbiosis that flower and hummingbird have developed.
Although this vignette occurred just outside of Tucson, Arizona, is repeated the world over. Still, every time we bear witness to it, we are reminded just how extraordinary nature is, and how deep and complicated her relationships are. After all, the plant produces the flower to attract pollinators such as the hummingbird. For incentive, the flower offers sweet nectar, which is appreciated. The flower, however, is addition to providing nectar has its pollen rubbed off onto the hummingbird, which is in turn deposited into another plant and flower as the hummingbird visits it. Nature is complex and beautiful!