This is one of my favorite bumbles, tho I don’t know what it’s called. Kind of muted with no yellow. And it, like every other pollinator, loves the Russian Sage.
At least I think that’s what the bumble is. Just getting ready to take flight. The penstemmon is a fun one – the smaller bees just disappear for a while inside. The larger look like they’re holding on to their hat.
Seems familiar. Pollenface.
I’m kind of enamored of weird light – like on that tulip below. When it almost changes the color of the bee.
This poor Dahlia was just wrecked. Really most of them get that way even before they have a chance to open fully. The grasshoppers are brutal to them.
That said, the bees don’t seem to mind – or even notice. I’ve said it before, but there’s a lesson there. It’s something about purpose. For us humans, the purpose sometimes seems to be the flawless beauty. That’s a primary driver for us with the flowers we plant – and enjoy and love.
But for bees?? What’s for dinner? This seems like a good one! And as chewed up as that Dahlia is, it’s dinner. Its purpose.
Mini-squadron of what I think are Brown-belteds on a sunflower. A bit of a jaunty shot with the lines of the house on it… But the bees don’t seem to mind.
I know this salvia has a name. Maybe I can figure it out later. Trying like mad to get these shots posted (may have to resume in the morning).
And yes, that bee really was that yellow. Not an artifact of editing screwupery. Was really taken by its color. I think there a couple more of this bee later on in this saga.
First of many of this type of shot. Few things better for Summer/Fall pollinators. Granted, they can take over and get a little ratty. But if you’re for the bees, get some. And let them wander like they do.
Another shot from August 2019 at Red Butte Garden. These are probably Brown-belted Bumbles. But, again, don’t take my IDs very seriously… I like the depth of this one.
Shot in September 2018. Might be a Bombus huntii, but don’t take that ID all the way to the bank. Love the tongue.
Mercifully short post today. It’s a dirty-faced bumblebee on a volunteer sunflower. I never know where the flowers are going to come up, but they’re a welcome addition to our gardens in the late summer. And the bees and other pollinators love them.