Not being an entomologist if you know the scientific name for any of these bees feel free to ID these bees in the comments section.
Yesterday I spotted this bee for the first time in the garden. It was resting in a sunflower and was soon joined by a similar bee. The colors made it blend in well with the flower and avoid detection. I wonder how long I’ve had these pollinators visiting the garden and just haven’t noticed.
Another bumblebee this time on a Nodding Allium in the garden. To the right of it is a very small bee, which may be a sweat bee. These little bees have been hard to photograph but hopefully this picture illustrates the size of these tiny bees well.
This black and silver bee is one of my favorites in the garden right now. The next two bees may be the same but the colors look different enough to me to warrant three different pictures.
The honeybee that everyone is so concerned about. Missing from this list are the carpenter bee and a green metallic bee. I haven’t been able to capture one in a photo that I’m happy with, but I’ll update this post when and if I do.
Here’s a video I made of the bees in my garden.
Not from my garden, but a video of a beehive at the Heirloom Urban Vegetable Farm on the UIC campus.
Have you noticed less honeybees in your garden? Have other bees stepped up and taken over the job of pollinating flowers in your garden?