Great Green Metallic Sweat Bee on a Dandelion

This is a full-frame shot…meaning that I did not crop it at all. I generally crop the picture some for the sake of getting closer – or the sake of composition. But I liked the way the whole thing looked on this one. Was down on my belly in the grass right on top of the thing. I know that dandelions in lawns get a bad rap, but the bees sure love them. And there’s something to be said for that.

Love the eye on this one. And you get a good look at two of the three eyes along the top of her head, too.

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Super-tiny Sweat Bee on an Iris

This one is my new favorite. It’s a tiny, tiny, tiny metallic-looking sweat bee on an iris petal (called a fall – those are the ones which, not surprisingly, hang down. The upright ones are called standards.). But here’s the thing – if you look in the lower right part of the photograph, you can actually see the thickness of the iris’ fall. That’s not something I’d considered before. And it gives some scale to the bee – which (by my guess) was about a quarter of the size of a grain of rice. So tiny…yet so neat.

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Special One: Digger Bee

Here’s one I have not shot before – or cannot remember having shot before. This one is a bouncy bee – so at first I thought it was one of those hairy flies that mimic. Digger bees are hard to shoot because they fly really erratically and seldom stay in one place for very long – and they seem to be rare around here. I think this one is a female because they’re supposed to be hairier. And I can’t imagine a bee hairier than this one. Check out the hair on the ends of her middle leg. Really great bee!

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Rare Shot on a Daffodil

Yesterday was silly frustrating for shooting. Fairly warm (mid sixties), not all that much wind (maybe ten mph from the south – not the brutal north we’ve been having lately). And prettymuch no bees. Anywhere. Three hives in the back yard pretty inactive during the day. Nothing on the fruit trees. A couple on the flowering ornamental cherry.

But… Got a great shot of a native sweat bee on a daffodil. Some flowers I just seldom get bees on – and the daffodils fall into that category. This is almost a full frame shot (maybe ten percent crop) so the detail of the bee isn’t all that apparent at the resolution that you see. But I’m thrilled with it.

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How About on a Dandelion?

Here’s a little native sweat bee on a dandelion. I know they’re the bane of many – especially in the lawn. But…the bees sure love them. I kinda like them, too. And I’m so lousy about putting down the weed’n’feed. Maybe feeding the bees is a good excuse. And, really, lawn crocuses and lawn tulips and lawn donkeys are pretty neat, too. What’s a lawn donkey, you ask? I’m not sure. Some flower that grows in this particular lawn…kinda has the shape of a donkey’s head. Will look for one with a bee later on in the year. Provided I procrastinate on the fertilizing/weed control. Again.

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Sweat Bee in the Nectarine

Finally a day without wind yesterday. Or without much wind. Still cool and the bees were scarce. But I did manage to find this little one filling up in the nectarine blossoms. I’ve never seen such a full pollen basket on a sweat bee. A bit frustrated with how the picture shrunk to size. Seems like the detail got a bit lost.

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Metallic Green Sweat Bee Face

An an aster. Usually the backgrounds aren’t so severe…even sere-looking. Strange. Don’t remember what that is. House, maybe, but wrong color. Anyway…enjoy!

Posting early in advance of attending the Arts Festival in St. George, Utah. It’s on Friday and Saturday of this week. Really hope to see and meet some of you there! I’ve got a bunch of neat stuff including the bees that you’re familiar with as well as some wild mustangs, wildlife from a trip to Yellowstone, and a bunch of remarkable birds that I photographed this winter. Stop by if you can.

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Finally, a Shot of That Black Sweat Bee

Been trying for a while to get good light on this particular bee. So tough to get any definition on this one, but seems it worked yesterday. Was a bit warmer. Today should be even better if I can manage some time to get out. Very few crocuses left but so many other things are starting to bloom now. The pollen in this shot is great.

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