Sunday photo: bees on a palm flower

A Canary palm tree in flower

My car failed it’s technical inspection on Friday. Yesterday I went to Los Cancajos to get a hire car while my own is fixed, and I saw this Canary palm tree in flower. Wikipedia tells me it’s a male flower.

Canary palm trees are a kind of wild date palm. You can eat the dates; you just wouldn’t want to, since they’re small, the pit is large and they’re much less sweet than commercial dates.

But evidently bees love the flowers.

Bees enjoying the flowers of a Canary date palm

Posted by sheila

Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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