Our alternate leaf Dogwood was flowering the other day, and was just humming with bees. It has a heavy pollen load and was particularly popular with the smaller native bees. Some bumble bees were around, but few honey bees. I thought I’d try a bit of a photo survey of the bees that were out and about on some of the plants that are in flower right now. Some I could identify, a few I’m just guessing at.
GUESS: Leaf-Cutting Bee (Megachilidae, Megachilinae, Megachilini)
An Impersonator: Syrphid Fly
I love seeing the big queen bumble bees at this time of year. They’re so big you can see the down draft from their wings kicking up particles from the ground or moving leaves. And the honey bees, well they just have their heads in the flowers !
Bumble Bee (Apidae,Apinae, Bombini) on Red Clover
Bumble Bee on Wild Black Raspberry
Honey Bee (Apidae, Apinae, Apini) on Comfrey