I Don’t Really Love this Shot…

…for lots of reasons. But I selected it from yesterday’s batch for the pollen. That’s one of those green, metallic-looking bees that I sometimes post. But look at the yellow pollen obscuring most of the green. That was so interesting to me. Have never seen that in any of my shots yet – to that degree, anyway.

And that corn…er, cone flower again. Bumbles should be hitting those soon!

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Different Green Metallic – Double Penstemmons

My bee identification skills are abysmal. Very different green metallic bee today. Note the abdomen vs. yesterday’s bee. The one yesterday was dark and light striped – whereas today’s is metallic. Both neat for sure. Also like the the blossoms side-by-side. Such pretty things – both the bees and the flowers. The pink with the green is a neat touch, too.

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Genus Agapostemon (Sweat Bee) on Blanket Flower (Gaillardia)

The bees have been so attracted to the Gaillardia/Blanket Flowers, that I picked up a couple more at IFA a while ago – and have been waiting for them to bloom. They’ve started up – taller than the ones from last year that you’ve seen lots of. Yesterday, I caught a Sweat Bee (gen. Agapostemon) on one of the new blossoms. Magnificent looking critters. I tried to determine the species, but that confused me and seems beyond my skill level. Ideas?

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