With the hot weather cooling off just a bit, I took a look outside to see what was buzzing around the garden. I used to be scared of anything that looked like it could sting, but most of the buzzing creatures seemed happy to have their picture taken.
I did see some things that I did not expect, like this blue-striped bee/wasp?
|sitting on the white butterfly bush in the back garden|
There were more on the Coreopsis, along with bees and wasps of the yellow-variety:
|The blue ones did not like sharing, and were big enough to push the smaller wasps off.|
|This shows how distinct the blue markings were. They might be mason bees?|
I thought this picture came out rather interesting - the wasp (?) is making a bee-line for the Coreopsis verticillata 'Route 66' ...
|what look like three different species on the same plant.|
|The best picture was blurry - the thing would not sit still, except on the other side of the bush!|
|Sitting on the back of a bloomed-out sunflower, eating?|
For more (and better!) pictures of pollinators, there is Alan's post at It's Not Work, It's Gardening. His pictures are gorgeous!