A Brown-belted on a Sunflower

Here’s a neat one from late fall. Brown-belted bumble on a volunteer sunflower. This one has a good bit of red in its petals. They migrate around the yard (annuals) and the bees do good work with the pollination. And it’s good fun to see where they’ll show up – and what kind of bee-assisted look any given one will have when it blooms.

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Dahlia – And Last Day of Fall

First shot of the season on a dahlia. And this one isn’t too thrashed by the grasshoppers. Most of the dahlias are nearly unrecognizable. Was glad to get out to shoot a little today. Think today is the last day of real bee activity. Twenty-five degree daytime temperature drop starting tomorrow and going forward. Been a great fall for bees, though.

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Alstroemeria- Peruvian Lily – With a Bumble in Flight

From a few days ago. I want to say that this bumble is a Hunt’s, but it doesn’t look disheveled enough. Maybe someone who knows better than I can tell.

This is the first shot on these flowers this year. They are not the most popular with the bees…or I’m never looking at the right time of day, maybe. Anyway…have another decent shot of a honeybee in on them, too. For the winter, I’d guess. Lovely flowers, though. And the brown markings are a really deep shade of some kind of red. Didn’t know that until this batch of shots.

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Nice Neck Nice Wings Nice Color

These little blue ones have been going and going and going and going and going… A real favorite of both the honeybees and the bumbles. Plus what a fantastic color. When I put the copyright © in a picture, I pick a color from somewhere in the picture for the color of the text. I had fun with all the variations on blue. Something to that I might explore later.

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Another in Flight (with Shadow)

The favorite blanket flower again. This one still has some touches of red/orange. And you get a look at the spent blossoms, too. I like it when the finished flowers retain an interesting shape and remain in the garden. Guess I’m talking about the difference here between this blanket flower and an iris or tulip. See?

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