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Bee on White Camellia

This Camellia variety has the type of blossom with a prominent center and on Sunday the blooms were well visited by bees.

Bee Gathering Pollen From White Camellia
Bee Gathering Pollen From White Camellia

The bees were making a haul of pollen.

Bee Gathering Pollen From White Camellia
Bee Gathering Pollen From White Camellia

This flower was on the outside of the plant, right at my eye level making for nice closeups.

Bee Gathering Pollen From White Camellia
Bee Gathering Pollen From White Camellia

The temperature had been below freezing a few nights last week and I was rather surprised to see this much bee activity.

Bee Gathering Pollen From White Camellia
Bee Gathering Pollen From White Camellia

Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC
February 20, 2021

Busy Bee On Iris

I was admiring a patch of Purple Iris when this busy bee caught my attention.

Bee on Purple Iris
Bee on Purple Iris

The bee’s yellow was a nice match for the Iris’s accent color.

Bee on Purple Iris
Bee on Purple Iris

Hovering to assess the situation, he seemed to have rather long hind legs.

Bee on Purple Iris
Bee on Purple Iris

He came back to this bloom several times.

Bee on Purple Iris
Bee on Purple Iris

Then, on to the next flower…

Bee on Purple Iris
Bee on Purple Iris

April 22, 2019
Taken with Ted’s Canon 70D, while my 7D was being repaired.

Bee on Lantana

Lantana bloom all summer long but are really noticeable in the fall when a lot of the annuals in flower beds have passed their prime.

Bee on Lantana
Bee on Lantana

In the first two images the bee’s eye has rather a weird glow, perhaps part reflection from the flowers.

Bee on Lantana
Bee on Lantana

The bee was fully investigating the flowers.

Bee on Lantana
Bee on Lantana

He was quite methodical, going back and forth, completely covering the flower head and giving me a variety of body angles.

Bee on Lantana
Bee on Lantana

Down But Not Out

I was happy to see this aged and fallen Rose of Sharon left in place on a lawn at Rose Hill Plantation. While not thriving, it provided a nice burst of color when the actual roses in the formal gardens on the property had gone dormant.

Rose of Sharon
Rose of Sharon

Many blooms were managing just fine and were a very intense color.

Rose of Sharon Bloom
Rose of Sharon Bloom

A few bees buzzed around in the late morning heat, 90 plus degrees F (32 Degrees C).

Rose of Sharon Bloom with Bee
Rose of Sharon Bloom with Bee

This one got stuck down in the flower’s center then crawled his way up a petal, curling it as he went, to get out. I wondered if he was carrying too much pollen to lift off, but he eventually made it.

Rose of Sharon Bloom with Bee
Rose of Sharon Bloom with Bee

Bee on Trumpet Vine

It was a lazy summer afternoon and a few rather large bees buzzed around a group of Trumpet Vine trumpets. They enter the blossoms head first…

Bee Backing Out of Trumpet Vine Flower
Bee Backing Out of Trumpet Vine Flower

… then awkwardly back out.

Bee Backing Out of Trumpet Vine Flower
Bee Backing Out of Trumpet Vine Flower

Lift off to the next flower.

Bee Flying Away From Trumpet Vine Flower
Bee Flying Away From Trumpet Vine Flower

This one appeared to pause for a moment on the flower ruffle.

Bee On Trumpet Vine Flower
Bee On Trumpet Vine Flower

Pollen sacks loaded but they kept working, this time with a sideways maneuver into the blossom.

Bee On Trumpet Vine Flower
Bee On Trumpet Vine Flower

 

Bee Spiral

This bee was a diligent worker, checking every single one of the florets on this branch.

Bee Working a Stem of Florets
Bee Working a Stem of Florets

He worked in a circular motion, spiraling towards the tip of the branch.

Bee Working a Stem of Florets
Bee Working a Stem of Florets

Up, over and around again.

Bee Working a Stem of Florets
Bee Working a Stem of Florets

I lost focus when he got to the very end and the branch started to wobble.

Bee Working a Stem of Florets
Bee Working a Stem of Florets