Indigoberry, bees, and spiders

One of my favorite Florida native plants is White Indigoberry (Randia aculeata). It forms very dense shrubs that can be trimmed up to look like smallĀ trees with effort (and luck). The flowers and fruit are both white (hence the White in the common name), and when you break the fruits open, they're very dark purple inside (hence the "Indigo"). The leaves are shiny, and in the spring, when they're flowering, they can attract tons of pollinators. I've seen several species of butterfly slurping down the nectar, a couple of different flower flies (Syrphidae), and of course, the omnipresent honey bee (Apis mellifera). Right now, it's flowering, and the bees are taking their work very seriously:

Honeybee on White Indigoberry flower. Boca Raton, FL, May 9, 2017.

So, too, are the spiders:

"Crab" spider (Gasteracantha cancriformis) and honeybee. Boca Raton, FL, May 9, 2017.

I suppose it's appropriate that these spiny-backed orbweavers are tending to the sometimes spiny White Indigoberry.

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