I read that zucchini flowers open in the morning and close in the evening. I went out to the balcony first thing in the morning with Q-tips with the intention to hand pollinate some zucchinis and other flowers. The zucchini female and male flowers were in bloom, but I quickly noticed little bugs flying around the flowers I bought to attract beneficial insects. Upon closer inspection, it was clear that my master plan was successful. Buzzing around the flowers were tiny tiny insects (bees, I think) that were really cute! I think I mentioned this before, but I am not good with insects. I really don't like most things that crawl, squiggle or flies (even butterflies). So you will never hear me say "cute" and "insect" in the same sentence. But these little bee looking things were really cute! I think gardening will be good for my insect-phobia. I noticed the other day that I smiled when I saw a lady bug. I am totally changing! Here is a picture of the flowers I bought....can you spot the bee? You definitely need to enlarge the photo.