Bonus – Everyone Loves the Squills

Including this black, thread-waisted wasp. Maybe not everyone. I learned that some say that the Siberian Squill is invasive and that it will take over a garden. So there’s that. Guess it depends some on the climate. They have kind of set up an autonomous zone under a cherry tree here…have to keep an eye ;).

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Yesterday’s Bumble – Hunt’s Bumble Queen Over the Squills

Apparently, this is a Hunt’s bumble queen. I usually call the Hunt’s “the bedhead bee” because it looks so unkempt. Apparently the queen pays more attention to her grooming than the other gals. Who knew? This one looks well kempt.

So stupid cold lately. 24 degrees as of this writing…which most likely means the bees will be hunkering down today. Spring in Utah. Shouldn’t complain. Beautiful, really.

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Bonus – Contrasting Colors and a Wasp

Paper wasp on a Siberian Squill. Lots of those lately. They seem to like what the squill has to offer. Or…maybe they’re just hunting because that’s where the other critters are currently. The orange-ey looking succulent is Sedum Angelina. One of my very favorites. Great ground cover. Today it’s mostly orange. But it can be green, brown, yellow, orange, or even red. Depending. One of the reasons I like it so much is that while it spreads everywhere fast (and keeps the weeds down, mostly), it’s pretty easy to remove. That’s not always the case with effective ground covers. So here’s a paper wasp face.

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Going Back to Yesterday’s Squillery

I really, really like this shot. Lots. And lots. You get a good look at the blossom as well as the bee. And you really see the blue pollen clearly.

Don’t think I’m going to have time to shoot today, so tossing this one out early to get this task off my plate. Hope you feel something similar to what I do when I look at this one.

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Finally on the Siberian Squill

Been waiting for shooting on the squill. But it was really cold today. And cloudy. And I made an error when I attached a 1.4x converter in that narrow window I had. When you put a converter (magnifier) between the lens and the camera, it really eats up a lot of light. And it was quite dark and cloudy for those few minutes I had to shoot. Wrong day for the converter. Not that it matters, ultimately. Because here’s a bee on the squill ;). Likely one from the returned hives. Does my heart good to see. And that blue pollen! Not only in the basket, but all over her.

Maybe tomorrow is warmer with a bit more light. Doesn’t really matter. A spring day is a spring day is a good day. I expect that from tomorrow.

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Not Quite the Squill I Wanted, but…

So yesterday, I was really fastidious…and prepared a shot for today. I’ve been so short on time yesterday. But my brain leaks. And I didn’t recall I’d done that. So, in a panic this afternoon (a needing-a-fresh-bee panic), I went out a bit ago. Too windy, maybe. Not many around. Finally found one around some squills (I love those little ones) but the underneath shadows were brutal. But managed to catch it almost in focus in flight. Kinda neat…and it was the blue pollen (proving it had been in the squills) that sealed it for me. So…panic bee today. Enjoy!

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Another Squill Shot

Another one on a Siberian Squill (Scilla siberica)

Another one on a Siberian Squill (Scilla siberica). Think I got one on the tulips today, but haven’t taken the time to look yet. So you get another squill shot. Started to feel guilty, but decided that if it’s good enough for the bees – what’s for dinner – it’s good enough for me…and you.

Loving that blue pollen. I keep wondering what it might taste like…

In other news, a set of greeting cards is now available. Here’s a link (Greeting Cards) to what you’d get and how to order.

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Blue Pollen in Flight

Honeybee in Flight – it’s been into the Siberian Squill (Scilla siberica)

Catching a bee in flight with really legit, hair-on-the-eyeballs focus is way more luck than management. But it happens sometimes. It’s kind of a busy shot with that Squill in the foreground and mess elsewhere. That yellow/green spikey thing is called Jenny’s Stonecrop. But I call her Angelina (Sedum (Petrosedum rupestre subsp. rupestre ‘Angelina’)) and I might have a bit of a plant crush on her.

While it does bloom once a year (I’ll find some bee pics on it eventually), it’s mostly a ground cover. And a wonderful one at that. It’s heartier than…well…come up with your own metaphor (and include living on concrete in a pinch), it grows quickly, and keeps most of the weeds out. And it’s nice-looking as it changes color through the season. But one of the best things about it is that it’s not hard to remove if you need to (or if it’s wandered somewhere it does not belong). Not all ground covers behave that way.

Didn’t I just rant about ads on sites? Apparently today’s post was brought to you by Sedum ‘Angelina’. Ha!

And that bee is almost iconic with that full bucket of blue pollen. Pretty girl.

I shot this today, by the way. Loving spring!

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That Blue Pollen Bucket

Honeybee on a Siberian Squill (Scilla siberica)

Got lucky today being able to do what I mentioned yesterday – that is, find a bee on a Squill and show the blue pollen. Not the best pic of the flower, but if you look close, you can see that the pollen on the anthers is a neat blue color…and that she’s been harvesting it. Watch through the spring and the summer how the color (and size) of the pollen varies from flower to flower.

The honey we get from our foster hives is interesting, too. In the spring, it’s a very light amber. In the fall it’s dark…almost opaque. And has a different taste (both are fantastic).

A few more of this series coming later. I really enjoy that blue pollen.

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