Out with the Old and In with the New

  Bees and other insects like cicadas have their skeletons on the outside of their bodies (exoskeleton). So when they are ready to grow, they molt. The process begins with them taking on air, water or raising their blood pressure. http://www.insectidentification.org/process-of-molting.asp Once the shell is detached from the muscles and internal organs, the insect can climb […]

Bee Glowing in the Morning Light

It was a hot day at Tohono Chul Park in Tucson, Arizona. The bees weren’t about to start their pollen collection until they got a drink out of one of the fountains on the property. I love how this bee is back-lit by the sun and appears to glow. Image registered  with U.S. Office of […]

November Sunflowers

My country is defined by diversity – not just in the people, cultural heritages, etc., but in the topography and vastly different climate zones as well. It’s almost December and the sunflowers are just finishing their season in Arizona. While Chicago is looking at 32 degrees for a high tomorrow, ours was 84 degrees yesterday. I’m glad I […]

Spring Chores of a Honey Bee

Spring will soon be upon us and already the cycle of life has begun again. The pollinators are extremely important in that cycle. Almond crops depend entirely on the honey bee for pollination at bloom time, while blueberries and cherries, are 90-percent dependent on honey bee pollination, according to the American Beekeeping Federation. http://www.abfnet.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=14 This bee has been […]

Bee & Thistle

On a hike with my son on the very solitary Loma Alta Trail in the southern part of the Rincon Mountains we encountered a patch of New Mexico Thistle growing in the wild grasses and partial shade of a sandy wash bed.  The constant hum of the bees filled our ears as we made our way […]

Honey Bees of Spring

It’s officially Spring and the honey bees are already busy pollinating the flowers and collecting their treasure to take back to the hive. This little guy has been busy visiting the blue lupines, as you can see by the orange pollen sacks on the tibia of his back legs. By the time he finishes with his work those […]

Pollen Fest

This morning started with my normal routine: get up, feed the dogs, open my son’s bed room door and say “good morning, Aaron; time to get up,” make his lunch for school, let the dogs out, water the plants on my porch, open the door again “Aaron, open your eyes,” check my email, make my bed, open the […]

Cereus Hildmannianus

This morning I awoke to a lovely surprise: my night-blooming pipe cactus had errupted in a showy display of flowers – 12 of them! So I went out with my point ‘n shoot camera, since my pro cameras were all at the studio, to capture the blooms and got the added bonus of catching a Carpenter Bee enjoying his […]