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Dutchman’s Breeches

Dicentra cucullaria


Clusters of white, pantaloon-shaped flowers on a leafless stalk that rises above feathery, basal leaves.


Growing in a marshy, mostly deciduous forest.


These flowers are pollinated by early spring bumblebees, whose proboscises are long enough to tap the nectar. However, other bees with proboscises that are too short to reach the nectar usually just snip a hole through the outside of the flower at the site of nectar accumulation - this allows the bee to steal the nectar. Such nectar-robbing, however, doesn't bring about pollination.

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Christine Y.
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Christine Y.

New York, USA

Spotted on May 1, 2018
Submitted on May 6, 2018

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