REVISED AND WITH NEW
WILD FLOWERS EAST OF THE ROCKIES
CHESTER A. REED
Author of “North American Birds’
Eggs,” “Bird Guide,” Etc.
With 320 Flowers in Color,
Painted by the Author
DOUBLEDAY, PAGE & COMPANY
PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES
THE COUNTRY LIFE PRESS, GARDEN
CITY, N. Y.
marvel at the industry of the honey bee; how tirelessly
it buzzes from flower to flower, from each gathering a
drop of the nectar, with which it fills its cells; but
we do not always realize the double duty it is doing,
for it is a most reliable and active agent for the
propagations of a great many plants. Many butterflies,
bees, and even beetles unconsciously accomplish the same
result, and it is now conceded that each has special
colors that are attractive to them. For instance, the
bumblebee has a strong preference for blues and purples.
The observer will also notice that a bee makes the
rounds from flower to flower, taking all of one kind and
passing by other species. While this habit undoubtedly
avoids some complications, even should he mix his drinks
and visit in succession flowers of widely different
species, confusion would not be apt to result, for the
stigma of one species is usually not responsive to
pollen brought from blossoms of....................