City Creek Nature Notes – Salt Lake City

September 21, 2016

September 17th

Dark Pollen

6:00 p.m.  The sunflowers have almost completely given out at the Pleasant Valley meadow at mile 1.3. Only a few remain in bloom around a natural gas pipeline cutoff switch in the meadow.  With cooler temperatures, before dusk there is only a single bumblebee still foraging these roadside flowers. What little pollen remains is dark orange, and the bumblebee carries two large side pollen pods that are also dark orange. The major pollinators of these last few sunflowers are the small quarter inch wasps first seen on August 9th.

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