Teeny, teeny sweat bee on the partridge feather. It’s a neat plant itself. Low to the ground, but it does something with its leaves or “feathers” that makes it look like there is dew or crystals on it throughout the day. Neat ground cover that isn’t very thirsty. Not my favorite because it only blooms once and I don’t see many bees on it. But that’s not the only criterion for putting it in the garden.
This one’s just a mess. But what a glorious mess. Focus all over the place. Two metallic green sweat bees. Bokeh going sideways. Again, not great art, but great nature. And that’s lots of the point of this site.
Most of the time when I shoot on penstemmons, I get bumblebeebutt. But (ha!) here’s a fun shot of a little black sweat bee (I’m really not sure about that at all, btw…I’m really bad at IDs) and some neat depth on the penstemmon blossoms.
Note the three eyes on the top of her head (occeli) as well as her little toes hanging onto the flower. Fun shot and great bee.
This plant kind of bugs me. There are bees on it sometimes, but not all that often. Usually when I see movement on it, I get excited and hopeful – only to find a hoverfly or two. Not that there’s anything wrong with those critters (well, there is – these particular ones eat the daffodil bulbs), but I prefer to shoot bees.
But now and then, I’ll get a good shot on it. Good looking sweat bee.
Lots going on here. Two Longhorns, two sweat bees, and lots of color in the petals. Shot toward the end of July. I love the sunflowers. They’re all bee-created hybrids and it’s fun to see where in the yard they’ll show up…and how they vary from year to year. Fantastic!
Pre-sunrise (before it crested the mountain) shot of a metallic green sweat bee getting ready to leave a sunflower. Love their eyes. And the green with the neat reds and yellows of the sunflower. So amazing and complex. And this one was just covered with pollen, too – though you cannot see it in this particular shot.
Got a great bumble on the echinacea a couple of days ago, but my computer crashed while I was going through the folders and I’ve not been back to them. Ugh. Dumb. But…this morning, I found this little metallic green one hard at work. And because I like to post current stuff as and when I can, here’s today’s. I chose a profile shot so you can see the pantaloons or saddlebags or just plain pollenfilth. Great legs on this gal. Anyway… Love both. The bee and the flower. Summer must be in full swing!
But filthy this time. Sweat bee, again.
Finally got a shot on the orange rock rose. Super filthy little sweat bee this time. Light is awful, but the shadow is fun. This particular sweat bee has hair all over her abdomen, too, and she’s just laden. Kind of cannot tell where the flower ends and the bee begins.
Part of me hates to see this. Part of me doesn’t. Guess that’s emotion and reason coexisting. Maybe we, collectively, could use a little more balance.