Golden Honeybee in Flight – Destination: Salvia

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Shot this one at Noon yesterday. Light coming through the clouds made her look really golden. This one started blooming about a week ago. Seems a little bit ahead of the lighter ones. Weird day yesterday in that it was really windy – and the bees didn’t seem to want to stay anywhere for very long. Not sure if it has anything to do with the wind, but some days (and on some flowers) they seem to feed for a long time. Yesterday it was all about brush and fly off. I do like this shot, though.

Almost Like Groundhog Day

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But not, fortunately. Those of you who went through the 100+ bees day of May 10th saw a lot of asters. Now more today.

But these are Spring asters. Not something I’ve had before. And a really neat little native in them. Including two pics from the same bee today. Looks like a sweat bee, but I don’ think it is.

Honeybee on the Culinary Thyme

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Have posted some shots on the Creeping Thyme recently. I think this is the first on the Culinary Thyme. That tongue…that eye…again.

That said, try not to mention this to those who have eaten from my kitchen, but I think I’ve cooked with both. Was that wrong? Should I not have done that?

Bonus – I Think the Kids Say: REKT!!

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Two things here: first it’s just danged interesting to see. Got one on a wall the other day of a jumping spider with a honeybee in its clutches, but wasn’t quite clear enough to post. This time, it was a bulb fly- one of those nasty ones flies that wrecks the daffodils.

The other is the mimicry evident in the fly. Looks lots like a small bumble. Great adaptive move.

Bonus – In Flight – through the Helianthemum

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Helianthemum – also known as rock rose, sunrose, rushrose, and frostweed. Pretty neat stuff…my only complaint is that it closes up early in the evening.

This particular bee wasn’t very interested in the pollen – I don’t think it was ready yet, yesterday – but she hovered around long enough for me to get almost good focus on a number of shots. And look at that huge pollen bucket (and beetongue!). Here’s one of them:

Honeybee on the Creeping Thyme – again

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Like the detail on this one a lot. Didn’t have much time to shoot yesterday, but I got a few good ones, maybe. This particular ground cover is really a go-to for me when I cannot find bees elsewhere. Always several on it posing for me. And it persists all Summer.

Trying something new today – seems that if the tags in the upper left are present (at least on the browser version (vs. the phone), it squishes the pic some – robs it of size. So perhaps if I put it under some narrative, you’ll get the full 1000px. Cannot figure out a good way to make the pictures enlarge in a pop-out yet.

Bonus – Allium Blossom for Context/Scale

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You know the size of a honeybee – more or less. Compare the little green one I posted as today’s bee. And realize that it’s hanging off of a single anther…and is in the foreground. Tiny bee!

And this one is pretty cool herself. Check out her neck…

Shot this one this afternoon, by the way.