Running late with my day. Again. Just shot this little sweat bee in the crocuses. Seems the honeybees had all packed it in by 3:45 p.m. Lots of natives about, but this is the first one I saw that I liked. Can’t wait to see the whole session. Pretty little thing for sure.
I probably should have been keeping my eye out for a stunner for today. In celebration. Maybe something red. Or bees doing something cute so that I could anthropomorphize a bit. Not feeling it. Back to my cynic’s saw: Live a life that doesn’t require holidays. Give. Remember. Love. Thank.
I don’t get very many bee shots in the daylilies – but here’s a neat one of a pollen-laden sweat bee hard at work. Seems the honeybees like the daylilies more than the natives so I was pleased with this grab. That pollen basket is so full on her.
It’s not the chocolate one. And it’s not one that really pulls in the pollinators. But…it grabbed a beautiful sweat bee in very bright light. And I like the shapes in and composition of this shot.
The little one in the lower right is tough to see…but three in this one. This lily is really neat. I like the vertical-ness that it provides in a garden. Nice, often contrasting shape. Can’t figure out the bees on this one. Clearly has to do with when it’s throwing pollen, time of day, and temperature…but all that noted, it’s either full of pollinators, or it’s not. And I cannot predict when (or why) yet.
In other news…the first crocus peeked out and blossomed yesterday. So…new bees soon, I’d guess. Hard rain right now, pre-dawn, which we need terribly. Dry summer, dry fall, and dryish winter so far.
So a whole year. Have a lot to say, but might not say much right now. Here come a whole bunch more in celebration of the anniversary!
Final tally: 400 bee pictures and 160 bonus pollinators (and quasi-pollinators). 560 total…beauty in each.
Here are the links to the anniversary bees:
And this one today is especially cute. It’s a metallic green sweat bee on what’s fast becoming my favorite flower for pollinators – the blanket flower:
I think this pic is a little too “warm”. Tough. This is such an interesting flower. Have some pink ones, too. Only open for part of the day. Seems random to me (but I know it isn’t). Think opening has as much to do with sunlight (vs. clouds) as it does time of the day. Bees love it, but they’re heavy enough to move the blossoms when they latch on. Really a neat flower. One I haven’t quite figured out yet.
Here’s a really fun one from August of 2019. The little one on the sunflower is a sweat bee. And the one photobombing (and so nicely in focus, for once) is, I think, a leafcutter of some sort. Great eye. Fun shot. Happy Friday. And enjoy!
These are some of my favorite bees. Also the mason bees that are metallic-looking. And, of course, the blanket flower always delivers. From early June here. The Blanket flowers start blooming pretty early in the season and go until a hard frost. The blossoms last for days and days and attract all kinds of pollinators from bumbles to natives to honeybees – even butterflies.
In other news, yesterday marked the 300th day of “bee of the day”. That’s a lot of bees. Expect some fun on the first of February to mark the anniversary.
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This geranium’s blossoms are just a bit bigger than a U.S. quarter dollar coin. I think that’s about 24cm to the rest of the world. Two pics today. First of the entire blossom with the bee – for scale. Second is a tighter crop so that you can see the detail on the bee. Tiny, gorgeous little critter – with bonus beeneck. The sweat bees delight me.