Already December…Yet on an Agastache in August

Just a sweet shot of a little one on an agastache. From August of this year. A bit of pollen on her back and all over her face. This agastache is a beautiful plant, but it’s been miserable to shoot on/at. Because each stalk comes from the ground (it doesn’t branch) and the stalks are pretty tall, it’s vulnerable to flapping in even the mildest breeze. Then, the intervals at which it throws pollen (I guess), are odd so some days (and at some times of the day) there are bees…but often it has none. Finally, the wool carder bees seem to love this particular plant – and they’re very territorial. So when a honeybee manages to land, a wool carder will often knock her off just as I’m acquiring focus. Probably more than you wanted to know. But do know that I’m thrilled when I can get a good shot on this one. I like the plant lots. It’s beautiful and it’s been a nice challenge to shoot at/on it.

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Black Carpenter Bee (bam a lam!)

Edit – upon further review and consultation with someone brighter than I…this ain’t no bumble. Which wrecks the alliteration as well as the syllabification of the title. But I’m stubborn enough to leave it. So…

Have only ever seen a few of these. About medium-sized with a really neat eye. The light wasn’t fantastic. Rarely do I wish for full sun when I’m shooting bees. But I’d really like to see the eye in full sunlight. These agastaches get kind of raggedy looking (and you can imagine I’m complaining about the slightest breeze on them), but the pollinators sure do love them – this black bumble carpenter bee among them. Neat look at the wings…and the varied coloration along the side of the bee.

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Pollen-Filthy, Beeneck, Agastache…Not a Lot More To Want…

Apparently that “to” is capitalized because it’s “part of an infinitive”. Wow. I don’t think I’ll ever understand all of the rules.

Long day yesterday…drove about 850 miles in search of things. Shot this pic this morning, though, in some pretty good light. The flower’s looking ratty in places, but the bee – she’s magnificent!

Not sure where that big pollen came from. Not from the agastache, I’m pretty sure. Love the neck. Pretty rare to see.

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Bonus – Another Look at a Hummingbird on an Agastache

Well, another look for me. Different edit/crop. Was organizing pics the other day and came across this one and had a re-look. They sure love the agastaches. They nest in a bald cypress nearby. The cats…well…don’t have the notion of coexistence in their heads, though. So there are fewer hummingbirds around than I think there should be. But this is a neat one – all the way in!

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Another Wool Carder – but in the Agastache

This is a nasty little bee – territorial, bellicose, and beyond promiscuous (even in cross-species and cross-gender ways). But…it’s one of my favorite bees to photograph. Maybe because the eye is so neat. I like this profile especially. And those wings are wrecked! Fun pic today.

And tomorrow…!!! Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of the site. Big plans so be sure to check in. Pretty pleased that I’ve been able to keep it going for a year. Traffic is still low. So…please share the link to this place with those whom you think might enjoy.

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Bumble on an Agastache for the New Year

Was looking for pics of birds in a folder from 2019 and found this one that I’d not posted yet. Great clarity on the face and you can see the three eyes on the top of her head very clearly. This one has a nice feel to it. Good way to start a new, better year!

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Native Heading to the Agastache

Neat one in flight heading toward the agastache. This little one is pretty territorial and will often knock other bees from blossoms. They’re usually successful, but I’ve seen them bounce offa bumbles and just get ignored. Especially when the bumbles are nestled in on a sunflower. But they really are rude little bees.

And although, with its markings, it might look kind of wasp-ey, you can tell that it’s a bee by looking at the back leg. There are hairs on it – the pollen basket.

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