Salvias – in Flight

I like the wing and the pollen baskets on this one. Really too busy to be a very good shot, but sometimes that’s the nature of things. That dark red mess in the lower right is a fall ‘mum in the shade. Seems late afternoon is the best time for bees lately (warmest), but the shadows are long. That said, yesterday was probably the last good bee day of the season. Was in the low 70s, but today it will be in the 50s…and looks to be that way (and colder) from here on out. What a great fall it’s been, though, for weather.

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Native on the Orange ‘mum

The color is fading on this one. Kind of bleaching out as it nears the end of its cycle. Neat little bee grabbing some of the remaining pollen, though. Got to shoot a little yesterday. Supposed to drop into the 30s here tonight and looks like we only have one more day in the 70s (right at 70 on Saturday, maybe) according to the forecast. Been a great Indian Summer, though. Probably not allowed to use that phrase/descriptor anymore. What’s the politically correct term? Doesn’t look like it’s been tossed out by Wiki yet – nor do they offer an alternative…

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Fall ‘mums

The pollinating flies seem to like the ‘mums better than the bees do. And I have to admit that they’re not one of my favorite flowers – although I do buy big pots of them from time to time…irrespective of whether there’s room for them. They always end up somewhere, though. Love the colors on this one. And over the past few days, there have been a number of honeybees in the ‘mums – as well as a few sweat bees (in addition to the flies).

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Honeybee on a Chrysanthemum

Honeybee on a Chrysanthemum

In the fall, I have a really bad habit of being impressed by these very large, very inexpensive plastic pots of ‘mums at Costco. So every year I buy one. And every year, it’s a challenge to figure out where to plant it. And they keep coming back – and hybridizing.

They’re a great flower for pollinators in the fall. Honeybees and that fly that mimics a bee (which one, right? there seem to be more than a few) seem to be the most fond of the ‘mums. But pollinators are pollinators.

The light on this one is a little blasting. Shade’s generally better for good photographs, but I like the shot nonetheless. It always tickles me to see the pollen baskets filling. And a filthy face doesn’t ever hurt.

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