This monstrous penstemmon had blown over. So I got a 5′ piece of EMT conduit and made a stake for it. It’s standing up now. Pollinators love it. Missed a queen mason bee on it yesterday, but did get a good look at this brown-belted bumble.
Pretty rare to find a honeybee on this one. Normally, it’s natives. And even more normally it’s either wasps or flies. But this is a fun shot. Love the colors!
Been flat on my back since Sunday and the bee postings have suffered. Apologies. Going to catch up now with very few words – but it’s about pics, so…
Can’t for the life of me remember what this plant is called. Love the nearly abstract nature of the shot. The depth.
Still wish I knew where she was getting the orange pollen in that basket. That’s a good-sized chunk. Good look at her tongue, but otherwise that’s kind of an unconventional shape she’s making. Or, maybe I seldom post ones that look like this. I was just taken by it. It’s a Hunt’s bumble, btw.
The metallic green sweat bees sure love them. Saw a digger bee on one yesterday, but it’s usually the sweat bees. Sometimes a honeybee, but rarely.
And, in the morning, they do give off a pretty loud chocolate fragrance.
Sweet shot of a golden either going toward or away from the larkspur. Can’t remember. Because the larkspur self-seeds, the varieties in the yard are all bee creations. Which is kind of neat.
Don’t know the name of the flower, but notice a couple of fun things. First, the colors and shapes are just…well, they make me smile. (Oh, and the bee is great, too. It’s a super-tiny sweat bee.) And, second, that flower is prettymuch done with its petals, yet it’s still throwing pollen. Don’t deadhead until the bees start ignoring them. (And it’s still pretty anyway.)
Great shot of a golden bumble on the salvia. Out of time this morning – headed back to the Ogden Arts Festival. It’s at the Union Station from noon until six today. Hope to see you there if you’re in the area.
Light was really weird on this one. But it’s a good look at a pollen-laden sweat bee in the California poppy. The bees visit these so rarely (in my experience) so I feel lucky to get the shots.