Thursday, September 8, 2011
Pumpkin Sex Fairy Kills off Pollinators
We placed the bottle with it's inviting yellow flower on our porch rail and my wife was quite pleased with herself as the layer of drowned insects began to grow at the bottom of the bottle. After a couple of weeks we had collected enough insect soup to sustain Bear Grills (and camera man) for days in the wild.
Yes, I'm sure you've figured this out already. The vine needs to be pollinated to produce pumpkins, yet all of the buzzing creatures that like yellow flowers are now rotting in the bottom of a coke bottle. Having destroyed the balance of nature, my wife has agreed to go out and transfer the pollen from the male to female flowers herself using an art brush. I now refer to her as the Pumpkin Sex Fairy. Right now the vine is a complete stamen fest. The male flowers usually start to appear about a week or two before the females. Hopefully some females will appear soon so I can get some shots of the Pumpkin Sex Fairy in action.