Coneflower

Coneflowers (with bumble butt)
Coneflowers (with bumble butt)

As I said earlier, the coneflowers have been a happening place for bees since the middle of July. Other flowers have been popular party places, but nothing seems to have attracted so many bees for so long as the coneflowers. There’s still lots of bees, but the flowers are getting a bit ratty looking, and so I’d rather show off how they looked when they first colored up.

Honeybee on coneflower
Honeybee on coneflower

All the usual suspects have shown up. The honeybees were the first to find them.

Two bumblebees jostling on a coneflower
Two bumblebees on a coneflower

There’s always bumblebees jostling for space.

Melissodes on coneflower
Melissodes on coneflower

Sometimes I see Melissodes bimaculata, a black bee that has also turned up in the squash blossoms.

Sweat bee on coneflower
Sweat bee on coneflower

And if I look close, I can find these little sweat bees, Halictus ligatus, that I like to call “saddlebag” bees, from the way they carry the pollen.

This is such a fantastic flower for bees!

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