The Blanket Flower Draws Them In

Apparently, that “in” is supposed to be capitalized. Maybe because it’s at the end of the phrase? Some stuff I’ll just never understand. Wonder if the bees mess up capitalization or punctuation when they dance for each other. Odd thought. Typo. Illiteracy. Mistakes made because the education system in the hive is failing them. Wow, what a digression.

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One Whole Year of a Daily Bee!! – Big Bonus Follows…

So a whole year. Have a lot to say, but might not say much right now. Here come a whole bunch more in celebration of the anniversary!

Final tally: 400 bee pictures and 160 bonus pollinators (and quasi-pollinators). 560 total…beauty in each.

Here are the links to the anniversary bees:

001-030 031-060 061-090
091-120 121-150 151-180
181-210 211-240 241-270
271-300 301-330 331-360
360-400

And this one today is especially cute. It’s a metallic green sweat bee on what’s fast becoming my favorite flower for pollinators – the blanket flower:

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Going back to the Blanket Flower Well…Again

I have so many neat pics on this flower and have posted quite a few here. But it just keeps giving. Pollen all over her face. Great wings. And you can really see the softness of the flower. Next year will be worse with the blanket flowers in the new parking strip garden. A number of new ones in there. But the bees will be happy…and if they are, that’s something.

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Back to the Well that is Mesa Peach

One thing I know: bees can never, ever have too many blanket flowers. Also, I have carte blanche to buy as many as I’d like next summer as I see them. So there’s that. Who knows where they’ll go? Maybe I’ll cut another garden in the lawn dedicated just to them.

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Three Stages of the Blanket Flower

Apart from being a neat shot of a bee, this picture of the Mesa Peach shows three different phases of the blossom. You see the one in full bloom, the fuzzy one has bloomed, and the one on the right that’s out of focus (maybe I should have picked a better shot of that?) and cut off is one yet to bloom. Maybe I’ll find another to illustrate the three in better focus.

In-flight is neat, though. And it’s a great bee!

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Green Metallic Sweat Bee on a Blanket Flower

These are some of my favorite bees. Also the mason bees that are metallic-looking. And, of course, the blanket flower always delivers. From early June here. The Blanket flowers start blooming pretty early in the season and go until a hard frost. The blossoms last for days and days and attract all kinds of pollinators from bumbles to natives to honeybees – even butterflies.

In other news, yesterday marked the 300th day of “bee of the day”. That’s a lot of bees. Expect some fun on the first of February to mark the anniversary.

In other other news, the traffic here is kind of slow. Please share it around to those whom you think might enjoy. And enjoy today’s bee!

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