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Bee-Bopping with the Penstemon Margarita BOP

So we purchased a sky blue Penstemon cultivar with a tag labeled "Penstemon Margarita BOP." BOP? Bureau of Prisons? Bottom of the Pyramid? Business...

A honey bee approaches a Penstemon  Margarita BOP. BOP? That means
A honey bee approaches a Penstemon Margarita BOP. BOP? That means "Bottom of the Porch." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee approaches a Penstemon Margarita BOP. BOP? That means "Bottom of the Porch." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The honey bee enters the long tube of the Penstemon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The honey bee enters the long tube of the Penstemon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The honey bee enters the long tube of the Penstemon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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A"bee-bopping" honey bee heads for a Penstemon Margarita BOP. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A"bee-bopping" honey bee heads for a Penstemon Margarita BOP. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee foraging on the Penstemon Margarita BOP. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee foraging on the Penstemon Margarita BOP. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee foraging on the Penstemon Margarita BOP. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 4:31 PM
Focus Area Tags: Yard & Garden

Welcome, Teddy Bear Bee

If you've never seen the "teddy bear bee," keep an eye out for it. A fuzzy golden bee with green eyes, it's the male Valley carpenter bee (Xylocopa...

A male Valley carpenter bee (Xylocopa varipuncta)sips nectar from a foothill penstemon, (Penstemon heterophyllus) in the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male Valley carpenter bee (Xylocopa varipuncta)sips nectar from a foothill penstemon, (Penstemon heterophyllus) in the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male Valley carpenter bee (Xylocopa varipuncta)sips nectar from a foothill penstemon, (Penstemon heterophyllus) in the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The male Valley carpenter bee twists to look at the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The male Valley carpenter bee twists to look at the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The male Valley carpenter bee twists to look at the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The male valley carpenter bee, aka
The male valley carpenter bee, aka "teddy bee," straddles a penstemon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The male valley carpenter bee, aka "teddy bee," straddles a penstemon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 7:55 PM

Native on Native

Native on native. That's when you get when you see a yellow-faced bumble bee (Bombus vosnesenskii) on a penstemon, also known as "beard's...

Yellow-faced bumble bee (Bombus vosnesenskii) crawls inside a  penstemon
Yellow-faced bumble bee (Bombus vosnesenskii) crawls inside a penstemon "Evelyn." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Yellow-faced bumble bee (Bombus vosnesenskii) crawls inside a penstemon, "Evelyn." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Just the feet of the yellow-faced bumble bee show.  At right, another yellow-faced bumble bee heads off to a flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Just the feet of the yellow-faced bumble bee show. At right, another yellow-faced bumble bee heads off to a flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Just the feet of the yellow-faced bumble bee show. At right, another yellow-faced bumble bee heads off to a flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Yellow-faced bumble bee emerging from penstemon blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Yellow-faced bumble bee emerging from penstemon blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Yellow-faced bumble bee emerging from penstemon blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 11:18 PM

This One Rocks

It's not red but it definitely rocks.It rocks because it's drought-tolerant and it rocks when honey bees and bumble bees visit it.And it's pretty....

Honey Bee
Honey Bee

HONEY BEE enters a Penstemon x Mexicali "Red Rocks." It's a member of the snapdragon/foxglove family. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Exit
Exit

HONEY BEE exits a Pensemon x Mexicali "Red Socks" as another insect (top left) enters. The plant is drought-tolerant, easy to grow, and attracts insects, especially bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Tunneling In
Tunneling In

A BUMBLE BEE slips deep inside a Penstemon x Mexicali "Red Rocks." This is the abdomen of a yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, August 2, 2010 at 9:03 PM

Tongue in Cheek

The honey bee nectaring the Penstemon, aka Beardtongue, in Tomales, Calif., didn't seem to mind my presence. Perfect. The amber-colored bee was...

Honey Bee
Honey Bee

HONEY BEE pauses after nectaring the purple Penstamon and begins to extend her tongue. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Cleaning Her Tongue
Cleaning Her Tongue

HONEY BEE extends her tongue to its full length and cleans it with brushes of her hair on her forelegs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, September 28, 2009 at 5:18 PM
Tags: Beardtongue (1), honey bee (231), Penstemon (3), Tomales (1), tongue cleaning (1)

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