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.
I don’t know what these flowers are called. And they don’t often/always have bees on them. But I got lucky with a very photogenic bumble a couple of weeks ago. And lucky with the light, too. Anyway, this is a really good look.
Below freezing tonight. No bees shot today. But here are two from August on a Cosmos Daisy – longhorn bee and what looks like a golden bumble.
As is often the case, the shadows are the neatest part of the pic.
This might be a first for me. Guess there’s a little focus with that stamen (or is that a pistil? I’m not a biologist…) on the right side, but you get the point. Lost in BokehSpace! (If you’re old enough, you can do the voice.)
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.
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.
This one is very nearly art. Shot at the Ogden Botanical Garden a couple of weeks ago. Shot a bit today but ran out of time to look at them. So…fresh October bees tomorrow…
Shadow…pollen basket…even a bit of neck. Does it get any better?
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.
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?