Offbeat

By Jamie Smith 


These tulips are giving new meaning to the term ‘flower beds’ – as tiny harvest mice curl up inside them.

Pic by Miles Herbert/Caters News

Despite appearing fragile, the colourful flowers have enough strength to support their tiny guests as they run up the stems and curl up amongst the petals.

Pic by Miles Herbert/Caters News

A series of cute photographs show pollen-covered mice bedding down with just their noses and tails poking out from the flowers

Pic by Miles Herbert/Caters News

The harvest mice were spotted by 52-year-old photographer Miles Herbert in Ringwood, Hampshire.

Pic by Miles Herbert/Caters News

Miles said: “The mice love the smell of the pollen and climb inside the flowers to eat the stamens, often falling asleep inside the flower.

Pic by Miles Herbert/Caters News

“It was great fun taking the photographs and I was really pleased when I was reviewing them.

Pic by Miles Herbert/Caters News

“My favourite one is the mouse perched on top of the red tulip.”