Getting late. Wanted to finish posting these. But it’s not going to happen today unless I do it this way. So I think the final tally will be: 150 bee shots, 10 or so bonus (quasi-) pollinator shots, and one beebaby iris shot.
I’m really surprised that more of this flower didn’t show up. I had to reject a few that were too dark, but I have so many neat shots of all kinds of bees and other pollinators on this one. Maybe I was in the wrong folders…
Anyhow, check out that pollen bucket…and its color. You’d think the pollen from this one would be purple. But it’s not – it’s white-ish. And she’s laden.
The Meadow Blazing Star (Liatris ligulistylis) is an incredible plant for attracting pollinators. I look forward to it blooming every year. The pollen mess all over that bumble is Liatris pollen. White, not purple. Seems odd to me, but what do I know? This variety gets pretty tall – up to five feet. And when it blooms (late summer/early fall), it’s just covered with blossoms – nearly bottom to top. My only criticism of the thing is it moves some even in the slightest breeze – and it’s tough enough finding a bee that will hold still… 😉