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24 August 2008 - This blossom is a male. Insects will transfer the pollen from this male blossom to the female blossoms. The pollen is sticky, and when the insect comes to the male blossom, it gets pollen on its body. When it flies to a female blossom, some of the pollen comes off of the insect (or bee) and pollenates the blossom. Ta da! You have a beginning of a new pumpkin, squash, or just about any other plant. Cool, huh? Unfortunately, the beetle on this male blossoms is a Cucumber Beetle, and they are NOT good for pumpkins.
Ben and Maureen Allnutt
15604 Sugarland Road, Poolesville, Maryland 20837
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