Been a while since I’ve seen one of these. Shot maybe twenty and only hit one in focus. Fast little one not staying long on any blossom. One of the neatest looking bees in the garden in my opinion. I like the green with the other colors in the shot. Very good detail on the bee today – even the eyes.
I think this dark one may be a Russian Honeybee – or at least have some Russian in it. They tend to be darker than the golden European ones. Guess they mix them sometimes, too, for heartiness. Tough to shoot bees on this geranium because the good stuff is deep inside. So there’s not much of an opportunity to get their faces when they’re working. Note the shadows of the anthers on the petals. Neat.
The pollinating flies seem to like the ‘mums better than the bees do. And I have to admit that they’re not one of my favorite flowers – although I do buy big pots of them from time to time…irrespective of whether there’s room for them. They always end up somewhere, though. Love the colors on this one. And over the past few days, there have been a number of honeybees in the ‘mums – as well as a few sweat bees (in addition to the flies).