As I was looking through our bee pictures, I was astonished at how many amazing pictures of pollinators I found.
Mom took all of these pictures.
This is a honey bee sucking nectar form the flower of a mint plant.
Can you see this honey bee’s proboscis? The proboscis is a tongue that slurps up nectar.
A bumblebee, a bee that helps pollination greatly. Unlike honey bees, bumblebees are solitary bees and do not live in hives like the honey bee.
Bethany took all the pictures with the pollinators on the butterfly bush.
Here is a honey bee on a butterfly bush.
This particular butterfly bush was very popular among the bees. In this picture a bumblebee is sucking up the nectar.
The whole time this plant was in bloom, bees were all over it.
We are not sure exactly what is happening in this picture, but I think that this honey bee was killed by some insect. It looks like maybe there is even the spider that killed it on top of it.
Mom took all of these final pictures.
A painted lady on Autumn joy flower.
The side view of a painted lady.
A honey bee on an Autumn joy.
A honey bee and a painted lady on the same clump of flowers.
Autumn joys are good plants for honey bees because they bloom in the late summer to fall when less plants are blooming.
The honey bees love Autumn joys because there are often lots of flowers in a small space.
The painted ladies wings are colorful on one side.
Here is a good picture of the colorful side of the butterfly’s wing.
Another picture of the painted lady.
Notice that the non-pretty side of the butterfly’s wings have eye looking coloring to scare predators away.
Here is a full picture of a clump of Autumn joy.
A gorgeous picture of a painted lady.
Two painted ladies on nearby flowers.