Another bee on coyote mint

Yarrow

Fly on yarrow. I know, it’s just a fly. But they are really cool looking up close.

Bee on Aster chilensis

This patch of aster chilensis has been very popular.

Bee on coyote mint

The Monardella villosa, coyote mint, is just starting to take off. I think the bees are happy.

Anise swallowtail caterpillar on Yampah

Bee on buckwheat

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.

Leaf cutter bee on Lupine

This leaf cutter bee was getting up close and personal with the silver bush lupine.

Female Carrot Wasp – Gasteruption on buckwheat

I spied something large and long flitting around the buckwheat. When it hovered for a bit my first thought was dragonfly because of the long body but when I got a good look at the head, it looked more like a wasp. I was finally able to ID it as a female Carrot Wasp – Gasteruption. Fascinating critter.

Black spider wasp on rosy buckwheat

I haven’t been able to get a detailed on this beauty but it’s a spider wasp who comes by at least once a day to feast on the rosy buckwheat.

Hungry bee

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