Thursday, June 14, 2012
Look carefully and you will see what happens to the saguaro fruit. I becomes breakfast for a myriad of birds and insects. Once ripe, the fruit split open and expose the ripe red, juicy core. The fruit has thousands of small, hard, black seeds that the birds cannot digest. The birds fly away leaving the seeds all across the desert encased in a little bit of fertilizer (bird poop). Fortunately, some of these seeds fall in places where they can germinate and grow a new crop of saguaro cactus. Click on the image for a larger view of the bird eating the cactus.