Saturday, May 30, 2009

Mystery squash with bugs

This pumpkin-looking thing sprouted in my compost a couple of months ago, and I transplanted it in my front yard. I've found similar plants before and tried to nurture them, but they've never actually produced a full sized fruit. I'm expecting this ping-pong ball sized fruit to fall off at any time. But the flowers are attracting some insects.

This bee seemed like it was old and tired and ready to die.

Lucky for me, that made it easier to photograph.

Near another flower, a skipper had a head full of pollen. Like the bee, it seemed more sluggish than it should have been. It made me wonder if the pollen of this mystery-squash has some kind of tranquilizing effect.

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