Angelina, Wool Carder, and Iris

Fun composition here. And evidence of something bad happening to the iris leaf. I’m guessing grasshoppers. Couldn’t get the grasshopper treatment (it’s called Nolo Bait and it’s pretty good stuff, but I guess they didn’t ship any at all this year) so we’re overrun. Oh, and the wool carder isn’t a native – it’s from Europe (I think the UK). But it’s a fun bee to have around. And frustrating to shoot at.

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Big Bumble Queen at it on the Larkspurs

This one is HUGE! Nearly the size of my thumb. I got maybe twenty good shots of her tearing it up on the larkspurs. This is one of those. You’ll probably see a few more next winter. Note that the larkspurs seed ever year (and migrate through the gardens, too). That means that each variation each year could also be called a BeeBaby. And this queen is doing her part.

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That Damned Wool Carder!

So there I was…shooting a honeybee on my notsosecret crush, sedum angelina, when that silly, territorial wool carder bee crashed up the honeybee and knocked it off. I see this through my lens fairly regularly – but I seldom get good focus on either bee. Mostly it’s just a blurry mess. But this one is a pretty good one of everyone – including Angelina.

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Another Miniscule Bee – on the Penstemmons

This is a volunteer penstemmon – and that means that it’s a BeeBaby! This shot was really a lucky catch. That bee is just about the size of an average ant – and that means there’s not much at all to focus on. And getting any part of it focused is just dumb luck. But it’s neat to see such small ones. Seems to be a mission lately.

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