Native Heading to the Agastache

Neat one in flight heading toward the agastache. This little one is pretty territorial and will often knock other bees from blossoms. They’re usually successful, but I’ve seen them bounce offa bumbles and just get ignored. Especially when the bumbles are nestled in on a sunflower. But they really are rude little bees.

And although, with its markings, it might look kind of wasp-ey, you can tell that it’s a bee by looking at the back leg. There are hairs on it – the pollen basket.

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On the Basil – Who Knew?

Well, that’s not really a fair question. If you have basil in the garden and let it bloom (that’s another question, isn’t it?), you’ll see that it’s hugely attractive to pollinators of all sorts. Wasps, flies, bees of all kinds, butterflies, etc. It’s a great one for attracting and feeding pollinators.

Plus there’s nothing like basil, fresh tomatoes, a little aromatic vinegar, olive oil, and buffalo mozzarella. A meal in itself. One of my favorite summer things.

Great bee. See the pollen on the hairs on her eye? Her tongue? Her face?

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