Hunt’s Bumble on a Scabiosa

Guess these are also called pincushion flowers. So the title today could have read, “Bedhead Bee on a Pincushion Flower”. I shot this one at the Ogden Botanical Gardens in June of this year.

From the “who knew” department, the flower is a traditional medicine for scabies – hence the name. Neat.

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Bedhead Bumble on the Lavender

Here’s a neat Hunt’s Bumblebee on the lavender (in June). One of my favorite bumbles because it looks just so unkempt. That interesting background is hens and chicks. Can’t wait for summer again. Frost everywhere this morning. No snow yet. Dormant. I do understand cycles, but I do prefer growth to resting.

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Bedhead on the Blanket Flower

This one…won’t quit. Hunt’s bumblebee…or as I’ve christened it, the beadhead bee. Love the way it’s fur/hair looks so unkempt – always. And the blanket flowers just don’t quit. And I like the shape the bee’s making in this one. Seems to fit well with the flower – that elongated profile.

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Bombus huntii on a Caryopteris – or Bluebeard


Well, I didn’t know until today that the common name of this plant is Bluebeard. Much easier to remember than Caryopteris.

Great plant for late summer pollinators. Always seems to be teeming with life – and bees. It’s a tough one to shoot because of the way it grows. Seems a little Dr. Seuss-ian. Notice how, in this picture, at least, there’s a huge explosion of flowers and buds at the top of the stalk. There are others underneath it – and they tend to throw shadows all over themselves – the tops working like parasols.

Anyway – this is a neat shot and posture of the Bombus huntii. Beadhead bee. Look at the detail in the wing – and the pollen on the back. Printed this one on metallic paper and it’s a winner.



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Bombus Huntii on the Liatris

The liatris again. Really wonderful plant for late-summer pollinators. In this case, a Bombus huntii – or, as I’ve named it – the bed-head bee. All of the other bees look so well-groomed. But this one looks just unkempt. Rolled out of bed and meeting the world. I like the look. This bee is a favorite of mine – might be that I can relate.

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Bumbletongue on a Scabiosa

Terrible sounding name for a flower. But a really neat one and the pollinators love it. The common name is pincushion flower – for good reason if you look closely. I think the bumble is a Bombus huntii.

I shot this one at the Ogden Botanical Gardens. Got there a little late for bees – the sun was nearly down and it was cooling quickly. Shot on Tuesday evening. Starting to see more and more bumbles out now. They’re fun to shoot.

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Overtime 001 – Ha!

So in my randomizing, I started out by pulling 200 shots – thinking that I’d get maybe 100 that I’d publish for today. And it’s true – I lost a good few. Some were flowers. Some were too dark to work with quickly. Even a couple I’d already posted. But…I ended up with some leftovers.

So…as I can for the rest of the day, I’ll try to get them up. Also shot a few this afternoon that I’d like to post – if only to have some fresh stuff in 100+ (emphasis on the plus) bee day.

Love, love, love this shot. That tongue. Plus the huntii is such a cool bumble. It’s on a Russian Sage.

Back in a bit to continue. Other responsibilities beckon…and I didn’t think posting what I have would take this long. Such fun, though. I love these little ones. They lift.

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