Lots Going on on the Catmint

Catmint again. And sedum angelina in the background again. Was trying to shoot some bees and got distracted by the ladybug (turns out they have compound eyes, too – not a surprise but neat to see in some other shots). As I was following her (him?) with the camera, a bee showed up. Strange composition and kind of distracting with the blurs in the foreground and the deep shadows…but pretty neat to get both with a bit of focus. We’ll call the ladybug an “inadvertent pollinator”, too.

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Just Alighting

These have been blooming a little while now. Fun little flowers. They open in the morning and close in the afternoon. And they’re so fragile that when a bee lands on them, you generally get nothing but the back of the flower – and a few bee parts peeking out. And even worse with bumbles.

But this is a good shot. Looks like the bee is just landing (and not rested her weight on the flower entirely). Think this is the first shot of the year for this flower.

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Toward a Neat Allium

Don’t think I’ve gotten one on this one this year. This allium is so neat. Don’t know the name, but it’s like a ball of shooting stars when it’s at its peak. And the bees really do like it lots. The other neat thing about it is that it retains its shape even after it’s finished blooming. The petals are robust and even as they dry, it remains a ball of shooting stars.

Plus in flight is always neat!

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Archetypal Pollenface

Doesn’t get much better than this. They get filthy when they’re in the Dalmatian Bellflower (Campanula portenschlagiana). Pollinators love this one. Apparently it’s supposed to be good for hummingbirds, too, but I’ve never noticed one on it. I’ll keep my eye out.

Love the filthy bees!

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Geranium x cantabriginese – ‘Karmina’ (the pink one) is back

So is ‘Biokovo’ (the white one). Love these geraniums. They’ll bloom well past late summer and into the fall. And they’re great for pollinators. I’ll confess that they get a little ratty looking. Not very cohesive in the plant itself. But the blossoms and buds are fantastic. And I’m sure that the bees are less than disinterested in my aesthetic opinions.

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First Salvia Pic of the Spring

Some good beeneck in this one. And the salvia’s started. Another well to go to – they’re always full of bees. Great plant. They kind of morph from year to year as they seed. You can see a more magenta one there in the background on the right side of the pic. One of the things I like about them as they seed and wander about.

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Antegrandinis Iris with Bee

Yes, I did make up that word. And it’s been waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long to know if I used it right. Tough.

Here’s today’s bee. Shot before the next pic happened.

Phone pic of the aftermath of a HUGE hailstorm that just wrecked everything. Notice that the standards are shredded and the middle of the flower is full of hail. I got there a bit late…after it melted some. Brutal on everything blooming.

I keep saying, “there’s probably a lesson there” here on this site. There probably is. I’m going to go with two: First, no matter how well you do your stuff…mindfully and elegantly…sometimes life comes along and hails (that may or may not be a euphemism) on it. Second, the hail melts and becomes a memory quickly…while the protected buds unfurl and the beauty returns. Irises and other flowers keep going. So do the bees. So do you. It’s what we all do.

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This Pollen Basket…Overload!

I don’t know how this is still stuck to her…or how she flies with a pair of them. Not the pic I had in mind to post today, but it will do – you get a great look at it. Bees were all over this one a couple of days ago. Apparently it was at its pollen apex. Will have a look again today, but if I recall, it only throws pollen for a very short time.

Almost looks like a crumbly cheese… I’m really liking some of these shots from this spring. The flower is a little blasty on this one, but the bee looks great!

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Maybe a Different Kind of Longhorn?

I really don’t know what bee this is. Shot it yesterday and then saw another one (the same one?) today. Looks in lots of ways to be a longhorn…but in others it doesn’t. Seems a good bit bigger. And thicker, too. And the eye is different. But those antennae… Anyway, it’s a neat looking bee. The honeybees seem to want to chase it off, I noticed. On the catmint again. What a great time of year for bees…and flowers…and life…

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Toward the Catmint Again

That yellow in the back in sedum angelina (stonecrop) and is one of my favorite ground covers. I’ve not found a thing not to like about it.

But to the bee… One thing to notice on this one is the tongue. You can see not only the tongue, but also both of the maxilla. I’ve got a few nice shots of this on bumbles, but never on a honeybee. So this is a neat one! Plus in-flight is always neat…

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