A Standby: Sublime Longhorn in a Sunflower

The longhorns are so partial to the sunflowers. And they’re such complex, hairy-looking things. Have so many shots of them that are similar to this. And most of them give the same feeling. There’s an easy smoothness looking at them. They’re all different – and this one is great if only for the green background. Nice combination of colors and shapes – even composition is interesting. And, of course, the bee looks great.

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Longhorn on the Russian Sage

This is a super-neat picture. Love the eye and the antennae spread like that. One of my favorites of the year.

In other news, I got to shoot accidentally yesterday. I went to Harbor Freight but arrived before it opened. On the sidewalk in front of the store, a little merlin (falcon – larger than a kestrel but smaller than a peregrine) had taken down a pigeon and was busy disassembling it. Good luck that I had a camera in the car, but it had a 100mm (bee) lens on it. She let me get within about six feet of her as she fed (moved incrementally) and I got some neat shots. Well, if dinnertime for a falcon is neat (and it is). Felt good to click again after some fallow time.

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The Blanket Flower – Pulling Them All In

Current festival: On Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (September 4-6), I’ll be in Avon, Colorado in Nottingham Park with my art. Stop by and have a look. Bonus here is that on Monday night, Los Lobos will be playing a free show.

I generally prefer a head-on or true profile shot. This one is like a one quarter shot, but the focus is good all the way along…from the end of the abdomen to the eye and antennae. And it’s probably good to see the little ones from all angles. And there’s that blanket flower again. If you’ve been on the site for a while you’ll know I’m a big fan of these flowers – and one of the many, many reasons is that they attract all sorts of pollinators. Seems some flowers are more geared to one type of bee or another. And there’s nothing at all wrong with that. Everyone needs to eat where they can. But…having something that attracts all has great value, too. And the blanket flower is one of those. A (native) longhorn in this case.

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Some Strange Antenna Articulation

Current festival: On Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (September 4-6), I’ll be in Avon, Colorado in Nottingham Park with my art. Stop by and have a look. Bonus here is that on Monday night, Los Lobos will be playing a free show.

Yesterday, the longhorns were all over this particular goldenrod. Tried to catch multiples in a single shot, but failed at that. This one, though, really struck me. I’ve seen them do some strange things with their antennae, but never seen an arc like this. Just curling all the way around. I’ve also never seen them so enthusiastic about the goldenrod. Normally, they prettymuch stick to ths sunflowers. Fun fact: Only female longhorns have stingers. The males don’t. Not entirely sure how to figure out the difference, though, except for that. And that method seems dumb.

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What More Do You Need…

…to become convinced to plant some blanket flowers? They’ve been blooming for a number of weeks (months?) and are a fantasy land for bees. Here’s today’s evidence 😉 :

Three bumbles, one longhorn, and one honey bee (and both of those caught in flight). Fun pictures today!

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Welcome to the Hotel Sunflower

Three longhorns this morning sleeping in what seems like a bee hotel – shot this morning. A bit of trouble with the too-few syllables in Sunflower to make it work, but sometimes you get what you get.

The longhorn bees really have an affinity for the sunflowers. I rarely see them on other blossoms. A nice bed for them. Imagining sleeping in a sunflower…maybe in another life. Strange post today. Flow of (un)consciousness or something. But, again, you get what you get…

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Two Sharing a Sunflower

This is so bad…it’s after five p.m. here, and I’ve not posted a bee yet today. When I travel, I pre-load a few new shots and schedule them to publish in the early morning (usually) – so they are available, consistently, early in the day.

When I’m here, I’m so consumed with catching up on other parts of life so I don’t post until way late. At least I’ve not missed a day. Yet.

So…here are a couple of natives sharing a sunflower yesterday. That metallic green sweat bee (again) along with a longhorn bee. The longhorns really love the sunflowers. I seldom see them anywhere else. Fun shot!

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It’s Really Summer – Longhorns and Sunflowers…

This might be the first sunflower shot of the year. I love these that are red-tinged. Here’s a longhorn in a neat position. She was grooming herself. The longhorns seem especially fond of the sunflowers. And they’re fairly aggressive and territorial. As I was shooting this one yesterday, another longhorn crashed into her – trying to knock her off/away – three different times. She maintained, though.

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