Too cold the last couple of days for new bees. The crocuses were getting a little deep, too. So back to August and the agastache.
The beadhead bee again. Great tongue on this one. Another day, another bee… A bit exhausted from yesterday’s spammery.
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.
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!
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.
Neat shapes in this picture. Colors, too. Great detail on the bee – her eye especially. The composition is pretty strange compared to what I usually post, but I quite like it.
Almost thirty degrees difference in the daytime high from yesterday and the day before. So…the bees were a little reluctant to come out. Only saw a couple yesterday and didn’t shoot. I expect a bit better today.
Here’s one from last month on the agastache up in the “north forty”. Neat shot of the flower and the bee and the background on the upper right side is neat, too. This one might be worth printing. Great colors, too.
Too far behind today to write much. Think that this is my first bee published here on this plant. In full glory right now and the pollinators love. Enjoy!
Another shot of the impolite bee – as described a time or two previously. But a really neat shot if only for the colors. That orange/yellow color in the background is distant daylilies. Neat wings on this one. Amazes me that they remain effective. Also you can see the three, simple eyes (occelli) on the top of its head (in addition to the two compound eyes on either side). Plus just a titch of beeneck which always delights me.
These bees are tough to shoot because they don’t stick around and feed for very long. They seem more interested in being pugnacious, territorial, and………….”pollinating” – irrespective of gender/species. We have an unrepeatable-in-polite-company name for this particular bee around here. If you use your imagination, I’m sure you’ll get close to the local moniker.
In other news, the mostly-reliable spellcheck in my browser thinks that “agastache” really should be spelled “stagecoach”. Very nearly works for me…
Again from Red Butte. This one in full sun. Great face! They really seemed to enjoy those on that day. I think the flower is kind of ratty-looking, but as I’ve mentioned, what I value in a flower is very different from what they do. And I don’t mind meeting more on their side than mine.