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April 6, 2020

At last, another visit from a Yellow-Faced Bumble Bee Bombus vosnesenskii !

Ever since I read that this bee is now considered endangered, I've been diligently checking our garden every afternoon, when the temperature tends to be warmer, hoping to see one of these bees.

U...

March 20, 2020

I finally figured out what kind of digger bee this little one is, an Anthrophora curta.

Until now I only observed Ivory Banded Digger Bees Anthophora californica.

So this is a very exciting discovery for me.


 

Digger bees are solitary and nest in the soil.

Their preferred...

March 13, 2020

Ah, my first observation of the year of a Yellow-faced bumble bee Bombus vosnesenskii in a California poppy in the garden.

I rarely see other bees in the California poppies.

The Yellow-faced bumble bees visit them often throughout the day.

I'm so glad to see these poppies...

March 7, 2020

Yesterday I wrote a post about the blossoming Island Alum Root Heuchera maxima plant.

Well look who was visiting all of the blossoms early this morning, a California bumble bee Bombus californicus.

Who could resist all that wonderful softness...

What a busy little bumble...

March 3, 2020

The Silver Bush Lupines Lupinus albifrons are starting to bloom and I'm seeing more bees in the garden. All day long bees are visiting the blossoms.

Here a California bumble bee Bombus californicus is landing on one of the blossom. It is building up the pollen in its ba...

February 24, 2020

The ceanothus is abuzz all day, and now the California bees Bombus californicus are out after their winter rest, as well.

Look at the pollen baskets on this bee!

The same bee, upside down.

I wonder if these are nesting underground or in the tufts of native grasses that ar...

February 15, 2020

Oh how happy it makes me to see the yellow faced bumble bees back in the garden!

Yesterday, when the temperatures were in the upper 60's and it was sunny, this bumble bee spent time around the Ray Hartman ceanothus shrub, feeding on nectar.

Look carefully and you will se...

February 10, 2020

Although it was cool and gusty for part of the day, it was sunny.

And some bees seemed okay with that.

Here is a honey bee on one of the lavender plants in the front yard.

Both plants have been blooming throughout the winter, providing food for the pollinators.

Meanwhile...

January 18, 2020

After several cool, gray days and a gully-washer of a rainstorm yesterday, the sunshine was sheer delight today.

While checking out the backyard and patio, I heard the distinctive humming of a bumble bee.

I looked up toward the neighbor's ivy vines, and sure enough, ther...

November 14, 2019

Now that many nectar producing plants are going dormant, the English ivy seems to be the main attraction for the bees. As long as temperatures are warm enough, bees are constantly visiting the ivy berries.

The English ivy in our backyard forms a fence or wall between ou...

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March 31, 2020