Two things here: first it’s just danged interesting to see. Got one on a wall the other day of a jumping spider with a honeybee in its clutches, but wasn’t quite clear enough to post. This time, it was a bulb fly- one of those nasty ones flies that wrecks the daffodils.
The other is the mimicry evident in the fly. Looks lots like a small bumble. Great adaptive move.
Helianthemum – also known as rock rose, sunrose, rushrose, and frostweed. Pretty neat stuff…my only complaint is that it closes up early in the evening.
This particular bee wasn’t very interested in the pollen – I don’t think it was ready yet, yesterday – but she hovered around long enough for me to get almost good focus on a number of shots. And look at that huge pollen bucket (and beetongue!). Here’s one of them:
Like the detail on this one a lot. Didn’t have much time to shoot yesterday, but I got a few good ones, maybe. This particular ground cover is really a go-to for me when I cannot find bees elsewhere. Always several on it posing for me. And it persists all Summer.
Trying something new today – seems that if the tags in the upper left are present (at least on the browser version (vs. the phone), it squishes the pic some – robs it of size. So perhaps if I put it under some narrative, you’ll get the full 1000px. Cannot figure out a good way to make the pictures enlarge in a pop-out yet.