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As Tiny as a... Sweat Bee

Sweat Bee

If you like to take photos of insects that are as small as a grain of rice, then you'll love--absolutely love--stalking a sweat bee.Sweat bees,...

Sweat Bee
Sweat Bee

SWEAT BEE, a female Halictus tripartitus, sips nectar from a tower of jewels blossom (Echium wildpretti). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-Up
Close-Up

CLOSE-UP of a female sweat bee, Halictus tripartitus, as identified by native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, emeritus professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis. This one is nectaring on a tower of jewels. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Heavy Load
Heavy Load

HEAVY LOAD of blue pollen on a female sweat bee, Halictus tripartitus. The bee is leaving a tower of jewels (Echium wildprettii). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 4:58 PM

The Tower of Bees

HONEY BEE zeroes in on a ruby-red blossom. (Copyrighted Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"The tower of jewels" ought to be called "the tower of bees." This spectacular plant attracts bees like a honey-laden hive does hungry bears.The...

HONEY BEE zeroes in on a ruby-red blossom. (Copyrighted Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
HONEY BEE zeroes in on a ruby-red blossom. (Copyrighted Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

LADY IN RED--A honey bee amid the bright red blossoms of the tower of jewels. Note the blue-gray pollen from the plant on her leg. (Copyrighted Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
LADY IN RED--A honey bee amid the bright red blossoms of the tower of jewels. Note the blue-gray pollen from the plant on her leg. (Copyrighted Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

BLUE SKIES, red blossoms,  busy bees. A honey bee heads for a tower of jewels. (Copyrighted Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
BLUE SKIES, red blossoms, busy bees. A honey bee heads for a tower of jewels. (Copyrighted Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, April 26, 2010 at 8:40 PM
 
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