Sunday, August 30, 2015

Bumblebees and a Butterfly

 Monarch on Buddleia

YAY! Yesterday I saw my first Monarch of the year on the Buddleia outside my kitchen door. Finally!
 Half-black Bumblebee on Japanese anemone

Thanks to Michelle at Rambling Woods who sent me the link to a poster of bumblebees found in Ontario, I am now trying to identify the bumblebees I take photos of.  Thanks Michelle!

Half-black Bumblebee on Russian Sage

It appears I have quite a few Half-blacks in my gardens.

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44 comments:

Shammickite said...

I haven't seen a monarch yet, but there are lots of hummingbirds around my feeder!!!

RedPat said...

I've seen a few Monarchs around - they seem to all be heading south!

Audrey said...

magnifique ;o)

Birdman said...

Nice macro work on your first one.

Lowell said...

That Monarch is kingly! I always thought bees were bees, some of the bumble variety and others of whatever. Evidently I was wrong again. Darn!
That's the 2nd time in my whole life!

Sylvia K said...

Your captures are awesome as always!! Beautiful, colorful flowers and happy bees!! Hope you have a great new week!!

✿ chica said...

Muito lindo! bjs,chica

Gattina said...

Very beautiful pictures ! I especially love the butterfly it's gorgeous !

Stephanie said...

Wonderful shots!

cieldequimper said...

Gorgeous shots EG!

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful!

Giga said...

The butterfly is beautiful and a joy to look at him. Regards.

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Rebecca said...

That butterfly picture is beautiful.

Anvilcloud said...

You got the butterfly really well. Not that the others aren't goo too. :)

Mersad said...

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Lois said...

How pretty! I haven't seen a monarch yet, but I'm hopeful.

A Quiet Corner said...

Absolutely OUTSTANDING photos!!!!...:)JP

Jack said...

That monarch is wonderful, EG. You need help identifying the bees? One is George and the other is Ralph.

Geoff Wilkinson said...

All very lovely but that first one is a stunner! Very beautiful....

Grandma C said...

Beautiful shots!

Michelle said...

That Monarch is a beauty!

Rose said...

I am glad you got to see a Monarch at last...wonderful photo of it. I honestly have been thinking I have seen more of them this year than I have in past years. And I don't think I have been out and about that much.

Great bumblebee pics, too.

Cloudia said...

vibrating with BUZZZZZ color! Yes, it is fun to notice and learn







SO HAPPY to BE BACK!
ALOHA
ComfortSpiral
=^..^=

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I only recently learned ( from Michelle probably) that there even are more than one kind of bumblebee. Wonderful to spot a monarch! All beautiful pictures!

The Furry Gnome said...

You mean there's more than one type of Bumblebee around here!?

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful visitors in your garden!

Margaret Adamson said...

All the imagaes are superb but the first one is so exquistie.

llandudnopictures said...

Always so busy too, great shots!

Halcyon said...

Great macros of the bees. You can see all the pollen powder on them.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

i never thought to figure out which kinds of bumble bees I am seeing. I have seen one monarch this year but wasn't able to get a picture. I think I will try again today. thanks for the inspiration.

Donna said...

I really need to get better at identifying bumbles...fabulous shots and yippee on the monarch!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Beaut shot of the Monarch EG, I must Google and see if we have them here.

see you there! said...

Great shots. I didn't know there were different bumble bees. I'll stay tuned to see if you capture shots of others.

Darla

William Kendall said...

The monarch's a real beauty!

Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio said...

Oh! Those bee shots are wonderful! I would've been so nervous taking those shots though...

Linda W. said...

Fantastic photos! Really like the one of the butterfly.

Liz said...

Bees and butterflies... Two of my favourites!

Felicia said...

beautiful.

Ruth Hiebert said...

SPECTACULAR images.

fredamans said...

Outstanding monarch shot!

Marie C said...

Absolutely gorgeous macro shots!

eileeninmd said...

Gorgeous monarch shot and I love the macro bee shots!

Rambling Woods said...

Yea for the monarch! It looks possible that the overwintering population will be bigger this year than last.. depending on the weather.. I am so glad that the poster helped. I have to go make sure I saved it as I am sure to have the same bees and it is so fun to put a name to something.. Michelle

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