Waking Up – and a Photobomber

Might not be fair to call that green, metallic sweat bee a photobomber. I’m ashamed to say I didn’t even see it until the picture was on my monitor. The bumble was sleeping on the salvia and just waking up. I anthropomorphize some, but that stretching… A good part of waking up. Anyway, I don’t often see the sweat bees sleeping anywhere. They’re generally pretty active, but looking at all the pictures, this one was inert. I wish I’d have seen it and gotten some shots that were in focus. So seldom that they hold still even a little. Anyway, double bee today. If nothing else, it really illustrates the size disparity between the two varieties.

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Almost Two and a Cone Flower

Shot yesterday late in the day. Great, messy, pollen basket on the honeybee…and the metallic green sweat bee seems interested. It ended up bumping the honey bee, but the honey bee shrugged it off and kept working on the cone flower. Most of them are looking a little haggard now, but there are a few new blossoms, too.

I can’t seem to convince the bees that they all need to stay in the same focal plane. Fun nonetheless.

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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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Smallest Bee I’ve Ever Shot

This isn’t the greatest picture that I’ve ever posted. But it’s really worth seeing. I think it’s a sweat bee – and a metallic one at that. It’s way smaller than a grain of rice – see the second pic with a scale in it – maybe 3mm or so if that. Almost impossible to see as it was navigating the tiny blossom.

Here’s a copy/paste from Wiki re the names of the plant:
Centranthus ruber, the red valerian, spur valerian, kiss-me-quick, fox’s brush, devil’s beard or Jupiter’s beard…

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Sweat Bee, Tongue, and Yarrow

This is the wrong yarrow again…although I really can’t tell what’s wrong with it. Nor can the bees and wasps. This one was just covered on Wednesday. This is a really fun shot…of a really small bee. They almost look like they have fat pants on. Full pantaloons. Or saddlebags when seen from behind.

Should have spent more time on Wed preparing to leave…and spent less time shooting bees. But…dang…it’s so rewarding. So much fun. And so interesting.

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Strange Light – Metallic Green Sweat Bee in a California Poppy

Lately I’ve been shooting very late in the day. Nearly dusk. So much to do. So Tuesday of this week, I thought I’d try in the morning before the sun crested the mountain. The light is lots cooler than in the evening. But I managed to get a good grab on the California poppy that was just opening. Love these little metallic-looking sweat bees. And this one has her wings wide…just leaving that bloom.

I’ll be at the Logan Summerfest Art Festival or Faire or whatever it’s called today. It’s at the fairgrounds and my booth is full of neat shots. Come have a look if you’re in the area. It runs from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., I think. Madness.

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On the Four-nerve Daisy – Bam-a-lam!

The little sweat bee was moving from flower to flower trying to get some work done. However…that leafcutter was pretty territorial. Kept knocking into anyone who was trying to work on the daisy (also called bitterweed). Didn’t manage to capture a collision, but here’s one getting ready to happen. Kind of annoying in the moment of bee shooting…but interesting to observe. Bee body missile.

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Great Green Metallic Sweat Bee on a Dandelion

This is a full-frame shot…meaning that I did not crop it at all. I generally crop the picture some for the sake of getting closer – or the sake of composition. But I liked the way the whole thing looked on this one. Was down on my belly in the grass right on top of the thing. I know that dandelions in lawns get a bad rap, but the bees sure love them. And there’s something to be said for that.

Love the eye on this one. And you get a good look at two of the three eyes along the top of her head, too.

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Super-tiny Sweat Bee on an Iris

This one is my new favorite. It’s a tiny, tiny, tiny metallic-looking sweat bee on an iris petal (called a fall – those are the ones which, not surprisingly, hang down. The upright ones are called standards.). But here’s the thing – if you look in the lower right part of the photograph, you can actually see the thickness of the iris’ fall. That’s not something I’d considered before. And it gives some scale to the bee – which (by my guess) was about a quarter of the size of a grain of rice. So tiny…yet so neat.

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