I filled up the birdbath (oops, the bee watering rock) yesterday morning and I guess the turbulence of the water flipped a bee onto her back. She seemed a little panicked – and did several circles swimming backward trying to right herself. She finally flipped herself over, was able to climb up onto a floating leaf, and made her way up the wall for a lengthy grooming session. Normally I only post a single photo. But here’s a long series. Kinda fun. Hope it doesn’t overwhelm your phone…bit of overkill for sure…
Or so-called birdbath. I’ve never seen a bird in it. Might have something to do with the cats prowling the area. But that doesn’t stop the bees nor the wasps nor any other manner of insects from drinking. Pretty neat when it’s full of bees.
This one is a neat one. Like this shot a lot. Very bee-like and some bee-joy in it, I think. Plus you just can’t beat that tongue.
That said, if you want to attract pollinators, put out some water that they can access. It’s a fine thing to buy pollinator-friendly plants…but they need to drink, too – note the other four bees in the pic. It works.
I think this one is a paper wasp. And I’m going to call it an honorary or passive pollinator. It sure moves from flower to flower a lot (and tracks pollen along with it).
I especially like both the shadow and the wasp’s feet distorting the surface of the water.