I finally got my extension tubes working enough to snag this sweat bee (I think) feasting on the Grindelia hirsutula. Click on the photos to see them much larger.
Fly on yarrow. I know, it’s just a fly. But they are really cool looking up close.
This patch of aster chilensis has been very popular.
The Monardella villosa, coyote mint, is just starting to take off. I think the bees are happy.
I’m surprised but this buckwheat isn’t the first choice of the bees. They go to the rosy buckwheat and the asters first and now that those are about done they are finally visiting this.
This leaf cutter bee was getting up close and personal with the silver bush lupine.