Vertical Hunt’s Bumble

Posting a few days in advance. Heading out to Fountain Hills, AZ for the art festival there.

A Hunt’s bumble perched at the top of a liatris bud/stalk. That bedhead bee. Interesting that this one throws white pollen. And lots of it. A favorite of the pollinators…and one you should plant if you have the space.

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Yesterday’s Bumble – Hunt’s Bumble Queen Over the Squills

Apparently, this is a Hunt’s bumble queen. I usually call the Hunt’s “the bedhead bee” because it looks so unkempt. Apparently the queen pays more attention to her grooming than the other gals. Who knew? This one looks well kempt.

So stupid cold lately. 24 degrees as of this writing…which most likely means the bees will be hunkering down today. Spring in Utah. Shouldn’t complain. Beautiful, really.

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First Bumble of the Year

Admittedly not a great shot. The light is awful and I missed the focus on the bee by just a bit. BUT…it’s the first bumble I’ve seen and snapped this year. And there’s some value and joy in that for sure.

Oddly, it was 53 degrees this morning at 5:30 a.m. Now, at 9:40, it’s 43. Spring. Go figure. Looks like might be too cold for much bee shooting today.

That flower is a hellebore, by the way. It might be called Golden Sunrise, but I’m not completely certain.

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Golden Bumble on a Red-tinged Sunflower

This one is from August, 2018. Going through folders I’ve not seen entirely yet – preparing for some fun for the first anniversary of the site…which is just a couple of weeks away. Good fun that day, I’m planning… Also, Yoda I sound like.

Late post today. And silly narrative. At least the bee is cute!

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Golden Bumbletongue on the Liatris

Another from September 2019. The twelfth, specifically. I’m a little ashamed to admit that there are days and days worth of bee shots I’ve not looked at yet. This was one of them. Good news is, I’ve got a bunch of good ones to keep this going through the winter(s).

Speaking of which, February first will be the one year anniversary of this site. A years worth of “daily bees”. Look for something fun on the first.

Oh, and this shot. What’s not to like about it?

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Bumble on an Agastache for the New Year

Was looking for pics of birds in a folder from 2019 and found this one that I’d not posted yet. Great clarity on the face and you can see the three eyes on the top of her head very clearly. This one has a nice feel to it. Good way to start a new, better year!

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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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