Purple poppy pollinator

A sumptuous double purple poppy (Papaver species) dwarfs a honeybee (Apis mellifera) busily and successfully foraging, as evidenced by its well-filled pollen basket - the pale bulge visible on a leg.  It had been burrowing in the folds of the crinkly petals to access some parts of the large central boss of stamens, and has emerged before another foray into the depths of the flower.

The vibrant colour of the flower and the depth and complexity of the petal forms and the wealth of stamens all add to a sense of bounty and richness.