Bees and All That Pollen
Look at all the pollen on the Tiny Metallic Sweat Bee Lasioglossum sp Halictidae.
It is rolling in the pollen of a California poppy.
One never realizes how much pollen there can be in a poppy blossom.
At first I couldn't figure out what kind of bee this was until I enlarged the photos.
It was so yellow with pollen I almost thought it was a honey bee.
The same bee photographed from above.
It is covered with so much pollen, you wonder how it can see.
A Blue Mining Bee male Andrena cerasifolii visiting a Bird's-eye Gilia blossom.
Its legs were covered in blue pollen from the blossom.
After collecting pollen, the bee flew to a nearby California poppy to move all the pollen to its baskets.
Plant native and the pollinators will come!