Yellow-faced Bumble bee on Rock Phacelia

May 6, 2020

 

And here is one of our friends, the Yellow-faced Bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, on a Rock Phacelia Phacelia californica.

 

I'm so happy to have captured this image of the endangered bee on one of our new California native additions to the garden.

 

This phacelia is also known as California scorpionweed.

It is native to northern California and Oregon, usually found on coastal bluffs, in chaparral areas and woodlands.

 

I located this plant at The Watershed Nursery https://www.watershednursery.com/

This nursery specializes in growing native plants and dedicated to improving habitat in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This California native is an important food source for the endangered Mission blue butterfly.

 

I am waiting to see if Mission blue butterflies visit the phacelia plant, of which we have two planted in the garden.

 

In the meantime I am thrilled to see Yellow-faced Bumble bees enjoying the nectar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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