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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Colors

Are very interesting on this one. That’s a metallic green sweat bee on a sunflower in the early morning. Today, in fact. And it’s nice to be among the bees again…although I’m hitting the road this weekend for a festival in Fort Collins, Colorado. Busy summer. The bees seem to be at their peak now. As do the wasps. I’m a live-and-let-live kind of guy, but I got hit on the neck the other day…just a small bit of venom, it seemed…but that source nest is no longer. Ugh.

So…here’s today’s bee. Stay tuned for some more bonus fun in just a minute!

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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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Neat Profile on a Sunflower

Posting a few days in advance. Heading out to Fountain Hills, AZ for the art festival there.

Great pollen on a September sunflower. Color of the yellow seems a little wonky to me, but I’m admittedly a little colorblind. The sunflowers are volunteering all over the place. Some getting culled, some getting left. They tend to wander well. And they self-hybridize, too. So it’s interesting to see the new blossoms. Especially when they keep some of that recessive red.

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And Another on the Sunflower…but a Longhorn This Time

Sunflower throwing pollen again. And it got all over this longhorn. Of course those are not horns, but antennae. But the name is apt, nonetheless. They really seem to like the sunflowers. And to sleep in the sunflowers, too. And they’re a pretty calm bee and don’t mind sharing. I’ve seen as many as six all tucked in together in a sunflower. Thought it looked like kids in a hostel. Just tired. Tomorrow is another big day.

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Native Leafcutter on a Sunflower

Selecting a pic for the day in the winter is kind of a crapshoot. In the summer, I try to shoot every day…and I generally have several hundred that might be interesting or worth posting. Hate to admit it, but there are still thousands I have not seen. So…to select, I go to a random folder and click through…looking for one that speaks to me. This one was the first one I clicked on. And I like it lots. Tons of color for a snowy day.

It really is almost spring. 😉

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Golden Bumble on a Red-tinged Sunflower

This one is from August, 2018. Going through folders I’ve not seen entirely yet – preparing for some fun for the first anniversary of the site…which is just a couple of weeks away. Good fun that day, I’m planning… Also, Yoda I sound like.

Late post today. And silly narrative. At least the bee is cute!

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