It's good to see so much interest in bees.When folks think of bees, they usually think "honey bees." However, our European or western honey bee (Apis mellifera) is one of a total of seven species of honey bees found throughout the world. Worldwide, there...
Honey Bee on Lavender
ITALIAN HONEY BEE, glowing pure gold, nectars lavender. The Italian honey bee is the most common in the United States. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Yellow-Faced Bumble Bee
YELLOW-FACED bumble bee peers between lavender blossoms. This bumble bee is a Bombus vosnesenskii, (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
CARPENTER BEE pierces the calyx of a salvia to get at the nectar (an activity referred to as "nectar-robbing"). This carpenter bee is Xylocopa tabaniformis orpifex. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The green metallic sweat bee looks as if someone splashed green fluorescent paint on it.This uniquely colored bee is just one of some 1600 native bee species in California. It's about one-fourth the size of a honey bee and it's difficult to photograph...
Green Metallic Sweat Bee
THIS MALE green metallic sweat bee, Agapostemon texanus, looks as if someone poured fluorescent paint on it. It's about one-fourth the size of a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
IN FLIGHT--This tiny green metallic sweat bee is in a hurry. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)