Phloeonomus looks at Compass Flowers
Compass Flowers Show the Way
You need never be lost in the mountains. All you need to do is look at a protea flowerhead - it will tell you where north is!
See if you can tell where north is by looking at the below flowerhead.
Be aware though that in some places the warmest spot might not be north. Plants on south-facing cliffs may open up to the northwest or northeast, but you will still quickly find your bearings.
Personally, I like to move around in my cosy little protea home. In the morning I feed in the East Wing, where the warm rising sun quickly warms up my room. Mid-morning I'm usually on the north side, but on very hot days I prefer to go for a short fly around, or if I feel lazy I'll retire to the South Basement where it is coolest. During the afternoons I can get a few extra hours of playing in the West Wing. At night I usually burrow down to the centre of the head where it stays warm for the longest period. Yes, you will usually find me and my mates in those proteas which have the woolliest flowers which do not collapse after they have opened: they keep warm and stop the sugarbirds from seeing us.
Why don't you look out for me in your proteas? Sometimes I'm in the East Wing or the West Attic or the South Basement - it all depends on where the coziest place in my home is. But please remember not to break my home - you can look in gently and not disturb me too much. Don't be like those horrid Sugarbirds that come to eat me. If it was not for the mites which climb onto them when they visit my house, I think I would move to another species of flower head. But then, where could I find a nice cosy and warm head with lots of nectar, pollen and a snug woolly blanked: No I think I'll stay here and have a little snooze.
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