Clover seems to be an unlikely subject for a topical page about local wildflowers. However, E-flora BC lists two–dozen species around the Province, and there seem to be a few of them to be found locally. Certainly, we have both white clover (Trifolium repens), and red clover (Trifolium pratense).

Apparently, different bumblebee species prefer different clovers. White clover is preferred by short-tongued bumblebees, while red clover is preferred by longer tongued bumblebees. Now, there are various local species of bumblebees and one of them certainly frequents white clover. However, just what the match is remains unclear as yet.

(As white clover favours my lawn, and as bumblebees favour white clover, I have to be careful about strolling in bare feet.)

white cloverThis species of bumblebee (Bombus vagans) is often seen visiting white clover (Trifolium repens).

bumblebee tongueThis bumblebee (Bombus vagans) is approaching some white clover with its red tongue already extended.

red cloverThe red clover (Trifolium pratense) is easily distinguished from the white.

sulphur on cloverA sulphur samples a red clover. Tongue length is not a problem here.

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