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Nature Watch, 5.11.22

Suddenly the pollinator show starts, and in the rich hardwoods it all has to happen now  before the leaves pop. And with the hot weather upon us, they will appear suddenly. The nectar and pollen seekers will tend the sweet blossoms, and those searching for carrion will bumble into maroon, blood-scented ginger and purple trillium flowers, then leave, carrying pollen to another.  And above, in the canopy, every tree except the sugar maples, (which flower in unison, two or three times a decade), is blooming as well, or will soon. Many do skip attracting insects. They are wind pollinated. Clever adaptation!