I don’t think this one is a sweat bee, but it looks rather like one. But I don’t think the sweat bees have such pronounced pollen buckets. And this one’s are full full full. Such a beautiful creature. I also like the shadows on the flower in this shot. Neat bee!
That bonus color in the background is a California poppy. A little contrived, maybe, but it’s a neat shot nonetheless. This is one of the later-blooming alliums (allia? alliae? ha!) and kind of spins out and looks raggedy when it starts to release pollen. They’re kin to onions and one of their common names is Ornamental Onion. So many varieties, too, and the pollinators love them when they’re throwing pollen.
These are one of my favorite flowers. But for a lot of reasons, they’re tough for bee photography. Light, wind, frequency, etc.,… (Was that the proper use of the comma? Ugh.)
So after complaining out loud some yesterday, I finally got a shot. Here’s a sweat bee on the poppy. Cute, no?