Worker honey bee, Apis mellifera, at forage. All worker bees are female. Note the grey pollen all over the body, especially on the thorax. This big clump of showy flowers was positively vibrating with both honey and bumble bees. Anybody know these flowers?
I’m guessing the mottled pattern inside the flowers looks pretty intense to a bee, who see more of the UV side of the spectrum than we do, and says something to the effect of hey, baby, come on inside.

Pictures captured on the grounds of the Stevens-Coolidge Place, North Andover, MA.

1 Response to “Apis”

  1. 1 amarilla June 18, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Foxglove maybe? Were the flowers blooming on a a spike? http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/54/11754-004-CDD053CA.jpg

    Good to hear about abundant honeybees, I’ve seen so few.

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