On Thursday, I scrounged a few cuttings of a bright burgundy coleus from a neighbor's yard, with permission. The next plant over, a helenium with mottled orange, gold and red blossoms, hosted a small bee. Since I had my little "happy snap" camera in the car, I quickly ran to get it and was able to make at least a 'record' of the little bee who was slowly navigating around the pollen patch. On a nearby yellow Dahlia, a bumblebee was tucked in.
On Friday, a walk to a nearby outdoor chapel led to a conversation with the gardener who was in the process of cutting things down. A group of Montauk daisies in the late stages of bloom had a group of pollinators actively flying around - bees, she said. I love showing people the difference between flies, which they were, and bees because they are usually so amazed that an insect could look so much like a bee but is really a fly! But, there was one solitary bumblebee amidst all the drone flies, clinging to one of the mostly-spent daisies. I think they finally run out of gas and spend their last hours resting on the petals of a flower. Could this bee have been the last native bee I see until next spring?
Here are the latest yet of fall native bee sightings:
|Native bee on Helenium|
Bumblebee curled up on Dahlia