A Pair of Brown-belted Bumbles on the Thyme

Rare for me to get focus on two bees in a single pic. But this is a nice one of two brown-belted bumbles in the culinary thyme. It’s really hearty stuff and likes to wander around the garden. Seems to pop up in unanticipated places now and then. But it’s one that blooms for most of the season – and attracts pollinators of all kinds – especially in the late afternoon, from my observation. Can look a little ragged sometimes, but the bees love it.

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Another Tiny, Tiny One – On a Geranium

The geranium looks, certainly, past its prime – fading and curling and all. But…it still has what the bee wants and needs. It’s usually pretty hard to get a good shot on a geranium because of where the bee needs to go on the blossom to find the nectar. But the way this one is set up – the angle – it worked out okay. I like the magenta (??? I’m really no good with colors) and the green together. And, of course, the little one in there. That blossom is about the size of a U.S. quarter dollar coin (~25cm or so). Tiny!

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Foxtail Lily with the Tiniest Bee

Also called Eremurus ‘Cleopatra’. Super-neat plant. Super-neat color. And really does attract pollinators of every kind. You really don’t get to see the shape of it because the bee is so small. And by so small…think of a grain of rice and cut that in half in your mind. So very, very tiny. Love the little ones. Very pleased with this shot.

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September Bumble on a Sunflower

Kind of a strange thing posting bees in the winter. I’ve really got no process for it – finding a bee to post, I mean. Today, I selected the 2019 drive, selected September, and then a random day. Then I scrolled through a sub-folder until I found a shot that spoke to me. That’s today’s bee.

During bee season, I generally try to post a bee from the previous day. But the winter…very different and very random. Hope you enjoy the life and color like I do. Won’t be long before the bees are back, though. Caught a little one a few years ago on an optimistic crocus on Jan 29. That’s a little more than three weeks away. Who knows what this year will do. But the crocuses are loading up right now…and it won’t be long!

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DoubleBumble on a Sunflower

Looks like they’re both brown-belted bumbles. That doesn’t always happen. The same species, I mean, sharing a blossom. The other thing that rarely happens is having two bees in (near) focus at the same time. But here’s a nice, pollen-covered pair. Couple more months until the crocuses? We’ve had some in January, so here’s hoping. They’re nestled under the snow for now.

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