The full trinity of bees have found the coneflowers. Bumblebees, honeybees, and Agapostemon Virescens. Let’s call her Aggie.
These three bees show up over and over again on the most popular flowers. While I’m fond of the bumblebees and I cheer for the honeybees, little Aggie is my favorite. She’s so beautiful, a tiny green jewel of a bee.
A. virescens is a semi-social pollen bee, nesting in aggregations of tunnels in the ground. They work all season long, too, from the irises in the spring to the asters in the fall.
See you around, Aggie!