Bonus and Digression – Last of the ‘BeeBabies’

The fourth of four finally opened today – here it is. So…we had a pod of bee-bred iris seeds, planted them, and they flowered this year. They’re all from the same pod – siblings – yet are very different. The other three can be found here and here and here. Neat stuff. My favorite is the purple, but this one is plenty neat itself.

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Day of 100(+) Bees!!

Today is the 100th day of “The Daily Bee”. To celebrate, I’m going to post 100(+) bees today. These shots are drawn from, at random, three folders on my computer. One is from a particulary good day at Red Butte Gardens in Salt Lake, the other is from what I thought were from some nice shots this Spring, and the other is a sampling of shots from 2018. Again, random – had about 14,000 to pick from – and randomized the pics you see here. There will be some similar pics – Sedum and Asters are pretty overrepresented. But random does what random does – especially when the deck’s long on Sedum and Aster.

I’m also including a few “bonus” pollinators in the mix. Hope you enjoy. Good fun for me. Here’s a “beebaby” iris to get started – a creation of pollination. And it turned out well!

Scroll down for the rest of this long mess…or click here to go to the Day of 100 Bees. I’m going to leave this stickied up top for a week or so. Or you can scroll through the daily posts until you reach May 10th.

Final tally: 150 bees posted, 10 bonus (quasi-)pollinators, and one beebaby iris. Hope you enjoy. Was fun to put together!

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Honeybee on an Iris

Shot this one at the end of a long day. She was really sluggish sitting on the edge of an iris fall. Thought she might be dead, but I gave her a nudge and she moved around some…slowly. Took a number of shots of her before she fell off the edge into the leaves. Looking at her, she doesn’t look that old or worn out. Hope she recovered from whatever was going on… Don’t know.

Whatever the case, it’s a neat shot. And despite her sluggishness, she looks great.

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Honeybee on a Iris (‘Sherryl My Love)

Honeybee on Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris ‘Sherryl My Love’)

This is somewhat rare for me – I don’t get very many shots on irises. And this happens to be one of my favorite irises. It’s a shorter one and has about twelve blooms that fired at once. Really a neat-looking one. Stay tuned and I’ll edit this post and provide the name – here it is: Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris ‘Sherryl My Love’).

Had a hard time catching a good shot of this one. She spent most of her time inside and I was fortunate to get this click of her as she was preparing to re-enter. Nice profile.

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Bonus AND Digression – Product of Pollination

So it’s clear that there’s no bee in this pic. BUT…this is the first bloom of a bee-created iris – so it’s their handiwork. I think it’s every bit as nice as its parents, and it has a great scent. It’s an early shorty (the tall beardeds just started opening up a day or so ago here) I’m thrilled with how it turned out. It’s a keeper.

Outcome and evidence of pollinators pollinating! And for that reason, I think it deserves a spot on the site. I think there are three others loaded up and ready to open – one of which should go today. I’ll post a pic of it when it does. Think it’s a sibling to this one.

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Honeybee Drinking on an Iris

Honeybee Drinking on an Iris

It’s pretty rare to get a bee shot on an iris. At least around here. Not sure why, but they’re not that great for pollinators. That said, they’re far and away my favorite flower. Something about them…

This is a neat one in that you can see her drinking. Was shot by thebeegal last spring.

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Bonus – Hang Five!

Thread-waisted Wasp Hanging from an Iris

Hang five? More like two or three? The Thread-waisted Wasp is an inadvertent pollinator. And at the rate they move around (they’re very hard to photograph), my guess is that they get a good bit of pollinating done. Although they do feed on nectar, they also eat other insects. This one is consuming what looked like a very young grasshopper (for which I shed no tear).

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