Every morning, the ceononthus plants are covered in a variety of pollinating insects from honey bees, to bumble bees (pictured here), to hoverflies and butterflies. For the most part, they all peacefully work together, collecting pollen and ignoring me as I watch and photograph them. The bumble bee, however, can get mighty annoyed with me and it's common for a bumble to buzz around my head, telling me off. They even do this as I'm pruning, dead-heading, feeding or watering. I love them to pieces but damn, they can be such a pain. It just so happens that one of the 250 species of bumble bees, the rusty patched bumble bee, one of the many native pollinating bees was added to the endangered species list this year. So I don't mind a few of them telling me off now and then. "Buzz off photographer! I got work to do," says this bee!
Speaking of hoverflies, doesn't this hoverfly have the cutest behind? Look at that fuzz. Fuzzy hoverfly butts are just the ticket for a craptacular week. The craptacular is Lyme-related, of course, but I won't bore you, because lately it bores the heck out of me. I prefer fuzzy hoverfly butts.
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