The UC Davis Aboretum--particularly the Storer Garden--is full of color--and sunflower bees.
A recent trip to see the New England Asters (Aster novae-angliae from the Asteraceae or sunflower family) yielded a Nikon moment: fuzzy-wuzzy sunflower bees...
SUNFLOWER BEE, Diadasia enavata, forages on a New England Aster in the UC Davis Arboretum. This is a female, as identified by pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, emeritus professor, UC Davis Department of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
MOVING AROUND--The sunflower bee scoots around the New England Aster in the UC Davis Arboretum. Sometimes sunflower bees are mistaken for honey bees or male Valley carpenter bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Eye See You
EYE SEE YOU--A sunflower bee peeks between the petals of a New England Aster. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)