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The Bee Catalog, Part I

I’m on a mission today…yesterday I spent about two hours perusing my garden, amazed at how many different kinds of bees and wasps were out.

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Today, I am starting to log how many different kinds of bees I observe in the garden. Lots of honeybees, per usual…

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Right now, the honeybees are collecting from the sage, lavender, and thyme with a vengeance. The yarrow is just starting to bloom, and some have discovered the early flowers.

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So many different types of smaller bees, too! I think this is a type of sweat bee or stingless bee…you can see the pollen that it’s collecting on its back legs.

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This bee on the coreopsis was vibrating like crazy! At first, I thought it was a honeybee because it was a similar size, but the abdomen was not hairy at all and had very delineated striations. I think it was some kind of plasterer bee, sometimes called “cellophane bees” (Colletes) because of the silky fungus-resistant substance they make in order to glue and line the walls of their nest cells.

Yesterday when I was bee-watching, I spotted a giant wasp with a reddish-orange abdomen on the coreopsis. It was flitting its iridescent blue wings so fast it looked like it was pulsing. I wish I had my camera for that!

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One last flower for your viewing pleasure…the Tequila Sunrise in its prime.

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