Lights! Cameras! Pollen!

So now there are bees and pollinators all over the front garden. Especially bumblebees. Judy took these videos with her phone. This first one is mostly bumblebees on the Wild Bergamot. Judy says these bees are rather hyperactive and difficult to keep in the frame.

Bumblebees always seem so industrious, but also cute. Maybe because they’re furry-looking.

Still very few butterflies, though.

Here’s another video featuring big scary-looking black wasps and other pollinators on the swamp milkweed.

These wasps have never stung me, and I try to stay out of their personal space.

Watching bees in the garden is one of my favorite things, I find it almost mesmerizing.

64 Comments on “Lights! Cameras! Pollen!”

  1. I’m lucky I see lots of bees here, but as you have commented, fewer butterflies this year. Saw a cabbage moth (ick!) yesterday and a swallowtail. I’ve seen very few skippers this year, and just a couple Karner blue (We have lots of protected habitat around here, so they typically don’t seem endangered here, although I never see them outside this area).

    • Very cool that you have the Karner Blues. I managed to get a photo of a monarch yesterday, I’ve seen them four or five times so far but this is the only photo of the year. Usually at this time there are two or three monarchs hanging around every day.

  2. I’ve never seen wasps like that before; I can see why you stay out of their way! We usually see the large, really aggressive yellow and black striped ones here, plus quite a few smaller ones that I couldn’t ID if I tried. Great videos – I agree with you, bumblebees do have a cuteness factor!

  3. With wasps like that, I think you’re very wise to get Judy to film while you bee watch πŸ˜‰ Your garden is a great credit to you – how wonderful that your plants are the cafe of choice for pollinators. Enjoy watching the bees – every time I see one I want to photograph it, so bee watching in our garden is not the most relaxing of pursuits!

  4. Hi Jason, I know the feeling. Our lavender bushes are covered with bees and butterflies and it’s just lovely watching them fly from flower to flower. I’ve never seen so many in such a short space. I don’t think any other plant we have in the garden get so much attention.

  5. I think your scary wasp is Great Black Wasp Sphex pensylvanicus. They sting, but are not aggressive. I have loads of them here and never got stung either. Their natural food source is milkweed among others such as goldenrod. Butterflies are really absent this year. I did some research and the scientific findings are not too rosy. I will be posting on it soon.

  6. How fun! I agree that those teddy-bear bumbly bees are so cuddly looking. And I’ve never known one to sting anybody so I believe they are basically friendly and also cheerful and maybe they read a lot in the evenings and have some hobbies, like collecting something–perhaps tiny rocks– which keeps them from getting depressed or grumpy… But I really wanted to say that Judy did a great job with the videos, very steady which I know isn’t easy with a phone camera, and I completely enjoyed watching!

  7. Hi Jason! I love watching the bees too and I’m sure we have more this year. We also have miles more butterflies than normal! Adam declared this as the ‘year of the butterfly’! No crazy wasps though!! I’d be staying out of their space too πŸ™‚

  8. We’ve had plenty of bumblebees and wasps, but few butterflies. The monarchs don’t usually show up until the middle of August here, though. I’ve seen a few swallowtails, both black and yellow, and there are a fair number of Skippers and Cabbage Whites around. It seems like we’ve had more than the usual number of dragonflies, though, and I see a couple of hummingbirds in the Monarda every day.

  9. Jason, since you would like to know where readers are from: http://www.revolvermaps.com/?target=home or http://statcounter.com/ The one I referenced on the blog was Revolver Maps. I never open it and really was floored to see how many locals I actually had visiting. Stat Counter gives more info, but is not a constantly loading live viewer. It has to be refreshed with each view. If you open Revolver Maps, they start their count at view 1. It will not be the same tally as what your blog lists as visitors.

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