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  1. Bee on Stapelia glanduliflora flower (a South African Stapeliad flower from Clanwilliam in the Western Cape).Even though bees are not known to pollinate Stapeliad flowers (Stapeliads attract flies for pollination), this bee decided to take a look anyway.
(photo/text by Martin_Heigan on Flickr)

    Bee on Stapelia glanduliflora flower (a South African Stapeliad flower from Clanwilliam in the Western Cape).Even though bees are not known to pollinate Stapeliad flowers (Stapeliads attract flies for pollination), this bee decided to take a look anyway.

    (photo/text by Martin_Heigan on Flickr)

     
  2. Blow flies on Stapelia grandiflora flower
Blow flies pollinating a Stapelia grandiflora flower (from Calitzdorp Dam, Little Karoo, Western Cape, South Africa). The flies are being tricked by the flower, and their maggot eggs won’t survive as the flower will die soon (and the flower is not really a suitable host or food for the maggots).
(photo/text by Martin_Heigan on Flickr)

    Blow flies on Stapelia grandiflora flower

    Blow flies pollinating a Stapelia grandiflora flower (from Calitzdorp Dam, Little Karoo, Western Cape, South Africa).

    The flies are being tricked by the flower, and their maggot eggs won’t survive as the flower will die soon (and the flower is not really a suitable host or food for the maggots).

    (photo/text by Martin_Heigan on Flickr)