Bumblebee and many of its relatives are important parts of the
ecological life of plants since they spread the pollen as they feed on
the nectar. This bee is on a Pitcher Plant, Sarracenia purpurea,
a native North American carnivorous plant that lives in bogs. The
plant lives in nitrogen poor soil and captures insects to supplement its
nitrogen intake. This particular specimen is in the Jenkins Arboretum in
Devon, Pennsylvania, although it naturally occurs farther South.
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