The Blanket Flower – Pulling Them All In

Current festival: On Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (September 4-6), I’ll be in Avon, Colorado in Nottingham Park with my art. Stop by and have a look. Bonus here is that on Monday night, Los Lobos will be playing a free show.

I generally prefer a head-on or true profile shot. This one is like a one quarter shot, but the focus is good all the way along…from the end of the abdomen to the eye and antennae. And it’s probably good to see the little ones from all angles. And there’s that blanket flower again. If you’ve been on the site for a while you’ll know I’m a big fan of these flowers – and one of the many, many reasons is that they attract all sorts of pollinators. Seems some flowers are more geared to one type of bee or another. And there’s nothing at all wrong with that. Everyone needs to eat where they can. But…having something that attracts all has great value, too. And the blanket flower is one of those. A (native) longhorn in this case.

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Some More on the Blanket Flower

Loving the colors in this one. The background. The shapes.

One thing I’d like you to notice is the apparent age of the worker bee. Although the queens live five to seven years (give or take) the worker bee has a lifespan of just about six weeks after she leaves the hive and becomes a collector of pollen and nectar (she spends a bit of time before that caring for things within the hive).

If you look at this one, you might notice a couple of things: First, she’s lost most of her hair on her thorax. It’s nearly bare. That happens as they age. The next is the shape her wings are in. You can see that the ends of her wings are tattered. She’s literally worn them out.

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What More Do You Need…

…to become convinced to plant some blanket flowers? They’ve been blooming for a number of weeks (months?) and are a fantasy land for bees. Here’s today’s evidence 😉 :

Three bumbles, one longhorn, and one honey bee (and both of those caught in flight). Fun pictures today!

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Native Tongue Heading Your Way

I think this is a leafcutter just finishing up on a blanket flower. There were several in this series, but I liked this one (and this crop) best. I especially like the position/shape of her front legs folded like they are. And her face is perfect!

Heading out today to get some Yellowstone in before the festival in Idaho Falls this weekend. Hoping for some good light and some good shots!

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Filthy Face on the Blanket Flower

Got in kind of late yesterday…but still had a bit of time with the camera in the gardens. And this is what I came up with. Don’t know why it delights me so to see the pollen all over…but it does. Such a cute one. And you get a good look at her mandibles, too. As you go through these pics, have a look at where the antennae are. And you’ll notice that they’re all over the place. Got a shot yesterday on a semp with one antenna on each side of a blossom.

But enjoy the pollen today!

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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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