Bee drills shortcut
to find the nectar
A visitor pokes a hole to steal the nectar of the red buckeye or Aesculus pavia. Its red spikes beautify the north Florida woods in March. The first red tubular flower of spring provides food for the hummingbird which probes the corolla with its long bill and laps nectar with its tongue. Often found near bluffs and streams, the plant can exceed 10 feet. Seeds are poison to humans, but theCherokees tell of other medicinal uses.
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