The liatris again. Really wonderful plant for late-summer pollinators. In this case, a Bombus huntii – or, as I’ve named it – the bed-head bee. All of the other bees look so well-groomed. But this one looks just unkempt. Rolled out of bed and meeting the world. I like the look. This bee is a favorite of mine – might be that I can relate.
Normally, there’s one primary spot for the liatris around here. And it really didn’t have a good year there. However…it wanders. Either by itself or with help. And a couple of patches have shown up late. And, of course, they’re bee-laden. Such a neat sight. Got some triplebumbles yesterday, but haven’t looked at them yet on the big screen.
So today you get a beautiful, pollen-covered honeybee girl. And she’s darned cute!
Really disappointed with the liatris this year. Only a few stalks and pretty anemic at that. Some years are better than others. I think it’s a self-seeder so maybe next year. Only got a few good shots on it and I think that this is one. The bee seems a different color from the those in the three hives we have here. Can’t be sure, of course. I like this shot. Settling, somehow.
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.
Here are the rest of ’em:
Lotta carry on baggage in that bucket. Neat shot…so intent on her destination.
A really dirty one climbing from bloom to bloom on a Liatris.
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.
Liatris ligulistylis – as noted, an amazing flower for attracting pollinators. Here’s the same species (unknown) from yesterday. I love the detail on face and eye.
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… 😉