Bee to the Caper

20 Jul, '07
Bee to the Caper

Bee to the Caper, originally uploaded by malyousif.

We must have 3 or 4 different kinds of bees in the garden and each seems to specialise in a kind of flower. I have no idea where they are nesting, nor did I actually look. I leave them alone and give them the freedom of the garden. They’re doing very good work I think.

Have a wonderful Friday my friends, I hope you find your weekend peaceful and relaxing.

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  1. barry says:

    Such a delicate photo, Mahmood!

    The bee must be thinking “Dang, too late!”

    California is said to have over 1000 native bees! 26 are types of bumblebees and the rest are mostly solitary. Some prefer only one type of plant, like Hesperandrena. It visits only specific species of the vernal pool flower, Meadow Foam, Limnanthes.

    We also have a lot of wasps which are highly specialized. From these small beautiful jet black wasps with a blue iridencence, the ant-like velvet ant (the ones seen are wingless females), to the gigantic tarantula hawk:

    http://www.bugman123.com/Bugs/TarantulaHawk-large.jpg

    yes they get that big. I’ve seen males on the mountains here, waiting on the tops of milkweed plants scouting for females. They say the sting is the second most painful sting of any North American insect (Blinding, fierce, shockingly electric. A running hair drier has been dropped into your bubble bath .

    :mrgreen:

  2. doncox says:

    That particular insect looks like a hoverfly, not a bee. They have black and yellow stripes to make you think they will sting, but in fact are completely harmless. One way to tell is that flies have two wings, while bees and wasps have four. (The second pair of wings in flies has evolved into a pair of little gyroscopic stabilisers.)

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