Honeybee on a Fameflower

Honeybee on a Fameflower (Phemeranthus calycinus)

Simple pic today. And while the fameflower (I want to call it flamethrower) is really fantastic for attracting pollinators, I have to say…

It’s one of the most frustrating flowers to try to photograph with a bee on it. First, if there’s any wind at all (and I’m talking the merest hint of a titch of a breath) it gets all flappy – wanders all over the place with the wind. And second, because it’s such a light, delicate little thing even the weight of a honeybee drags it down a couple of inches. A bumble will sometimes take it all the way to the ground. So windy or not, the thing is flapping and bouncing around. Not holding still. And that makes it tough. Finally, it opens late and closes early. Much more convenient to shoot at 24/7 flowers. Nonstop.

That said, it’s beautiful. And especially neat when there are several bees on neighboring blossoms. I’ve seen several varieties of bees on it as well as some butterflies. Neat flower.

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Author: TheBeeGuy

Just a guy with some cameras.

2 thoughts on “Honeybee on a Fameflower”

  1. Asa, your Bee page is unbelievable. I often thought about starting a blog, but, what to blog about? Not only did you think about it, but you have executed the thought in a beautiful manner. Your page is very well laid out, your camera work in very, very nice. The page has a fresh, professional, clean look, and is very easy to navigate. The knowledge is apparent, as is the time you devote to it, and well explained. It takes a special person to teach others, and you possess that gift. Thank you for taking all the time it takes for a daily dose of knowledgeable nature. The bees are the most important thing on Planet Earth, and I am glad you take the time to show us how hard they work, and why they are so important. Well done!
    Suz, – Almostdone from Garden.org

  2. Susan,

    Thank you for your kind words. A little overwhelming. I guess at the root of it all, it’s something I truly enjoy – and something that brings me joy. And if that’s apparent and others find some of the same, I’m succeeding with this.

    Steve aka Asa

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