Bees in the berries


Bumblebee in blurry flight

The bees are busy in the berries.  Lots of bumblebees rush from flower to flower in the raspberries. This one seems to be trying to choose between a berry in progress and a fresh flower. So many berries, so little time. And there’s other bees to compete with.

Tiny carpenter bee on edge of raspberry blossom

Miner bee in strawberry blossom

Tiny carpenter bees (Ceratina) glow blue-green on the edge of the raspberry blossoms. They probably overwintered in some of the old stems I never bothered to cut down. Now they’re building nests in the stems. Somewhere.
Mining bees (Andrena) are still active, digging right into the strawberry blossoms. Other than the one I actually unearthed a few weeks ago, I have no idea where they are nesting. Somewhere in the hard-packed earth, I suppose.

Mystery plants get identified, and the bees get names, but some mysteries they retain.

About Pam Phillips

I am a writer and gardener. I never cease to be amazed by the wonder and beauty of bees.
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