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You ever see one of those action movies where a jet pilot has to make an emergency landing on an aircraft carrier in a hurricane, and has to keep going around and around before making a landing?

I'm watching the insect version on my blackcurrant canes. They are being blown around something rotten by the wind, but the bumblebees just keep on trying to get at those little flowers. It may take them a dozen attempts, but they are persistent.

I'm guessing blackcurrant nectar must taste really good to bumblebees (well the fruit tastes good to me, I know that), or they are really hard up for other sources. It could go either way, there are a lot of dandelions around, but their flowers are closed up in this wind and so are the anemones. Although the saxifrage, cowslip, and daffodils (yes I still have some daffs in flower!) are all available. The daffs and cowslip I can understand, they are just as windblown as the blackcurrants, but the saxifrage is pretty stable.

I guess blackcurrant is just great for bees.

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