A tiny sweat bee diligently gathers brilliant yellow pollen from the inside of a vibrant red dahlia.
Yes, here we go again…back to my bee photography obsession. I am taking a break from my beloved honeybee photographs to post this image of a very petite native California bee abundantly covered in fluffy dahlia pollen. I have been unable to identify it thus far, and would love any ID leads. Whatever its true identification, I find it quite cute. I’ve admitted to photographing bees while standing in the landscaping of strip malls, as well crawling around on the goose poop laden grass to get up close and personal with baby geese, and also stated that I’m a fixture at local nurseries. This is one of my nursery photos, taken at the edge of a huge grouping of brilliantly flowering dahlias which were teeming with a variety of bees. When I first came across the table of dahlias I stood transfixed, watching the activity and listening to all of that buzzing. Then I whipped off my lens cap, peered through my camera’s viewfinder and clicked away happily, totally lost to the outside world as I watched the process of pollination.
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