Pollinator Pictures

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.
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Can you see this honey bee’s proboscis? The proboscis is a tongue that slurps up nectar.
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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.

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Bethany took all the pictures with the pollinators on the butterfly bush.

Here is a honey bee on a butterfly bush.

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This particular butterfly bush was very popular among the bees. In this picture a bumblebee is sucking up the nectar.
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The whole time this plant was in bloom, bees were all over it.

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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.
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Mom took all of these final pictures.

A painted lady on Autumn joy flower.

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The side view of a painted lady.

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A honey bee on an Autumn joy.

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A honey bee and a painted lady on the same clump of flowers.

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Autumn joys are good plants for honey bees because they bloom in the late summer to fall when less plants are blooming.

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The honey bees love Autumn joys because there are often lots of flowers in a small space.

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The painted ladies wings are colorful on one side.

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Here is a good picture of the colorful side of the butterfly’s wing.

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Another picture of the painted lady.

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Notice that the non-pretty side of the butterfly’s wings have eye looking coloring to scare predators away.

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Here is a full picture of a clump of Autumn joy.

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A gorgeous picture of a painted lady.

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Two painted ladies on nearby flowers.

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Abigail

 

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