Beetongue on the Scabiosa

Still too cold to be shooting and posting. Maybe tomorrow some fresh, current stuff. This one might have been gorgeous had the flower in the back not been past its prime. Bit of an odd composition, too. But a neat flower, a neat bee, and an interesting background. Really like this pincushion flower…except in the wind…and except when bumbles land on it. Tends to get a little flappy for photos. But it sure attracts the pollinators!

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Hunt’s Bumble on a Scabiosa

Guess these are also called pincushion flowers. So the title today could have read, “Bedhead Bee on a Pincushion Flower”. I shot this one at the Ogden Botanical Gardens in June of this year.

From the “who knew” department, the flower is a traditional medicine for scabies – hence the name. Neat.

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Another in the Scabiosa

I really like this flower…and the bees do, too, obviously.

This one is in our neighbors’ yard. Fortunately, they don’t mind me squatting around with my cameras – or on my belly on their lawn. Probably think I’m a little nutty, but…they humor me at worst. Good people and good neighbors.

I’m particularly fond of beeneck. Good look in this shot.

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Bumbletongue on a Scabiosa

Terrible sounding name for a flower. But a really neat one and the pollinators love it. The common name is pincushion flower – for good reason if you look closely. I think the bumble is a Bombus huntii.

I shot this one at the Ogden Botanical Gardens. Got there a little late for bees – the sun was nearly down and it was cooling quickly. Shot on Tuesday evening. Starting to see more and more bumbles out now. They’re fun to shoot.

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