Comments: 33
BrokenTune 4 years ago
She is utterly adorable! What are you naming her?
Murder by Death 4 years ago
Isn't she? I just wanted to pet her, she looks so soft! (I am not that daft yet, however. They are docile but *do* sting).

I have no idea what to name her. Bella? I like Bella better than Bonita, but I'm not completely sold on it (one of the little demons that used to live next door was named Bella - feels like bad mojo now).
BrokenTune 4 years ago
Also, wasn't Bella one of the characters in Twilight?
Murder by Death 4 years ago
Oh yeah, I'd forgotten about that. Crap.
Debbie's Spurts 4 years ago
Oh, no, not the Bella twit from "Twilight." Belle of Beauty and the Beast liked books.
Murder by Death 4 years ago
MT has crowned her: BB Queen.

I kinda hate that he's so damn good at the naming thing. ;-)
BrokenTune 4 years ago
BB Queen is inspired. Well done MT!
Debbie's Spurts 4 years ago
Yay! I like BB Queen.
BB Queen (and MT) for the win. :)
Rane Aria 4 years ago
she's beautiful!
Linda Hilton 4 years ago
So pretty! I love bees. We have little tiny ones that hum all over the palo verde trees when they bloom in spring, and the bigger honey bees that love the purple sage bushes by the studio. I can get some pretty good shots of them with the purple flowers and the pollen sacs on their legs.

From the Festive Season posts -- http://lindahilton.booklikes.com/post/1628230/16-tasks-of-the-festive-season-square-6-bodhi-day
Murder by Death 4 years ago
There's just something about bees isn't there? I love watching them in the flowers, and they never bother you like jellowjackets or flies, or mosquitoes... they just go about their business. :)
Tannat 4 years ago
I was going to ask whether she was actually supposed to look blue. Thanks for the pictures!
Murder by Death 4 years ago
You're welcome - I'm glad everyone enjoys seeing these as much as I do. Her bands aren't nearly as blue as some I've seen previously, but the camera lost a lot of her blue hue as well; the bands came out much whiter looking than they are.
Tannat 4 years ago
I thought it might be a camera effect... Really I was just curious to see what a blue bee looked like.
Murder by Death 4 years ago
Well, if you want to see a REALLY blue bee, check this one out (which I've seen in the garden only once):

http://www.aussiebee.com.au/Images/lestis-bee-siegel-2.jpg
Tannat 4 years ago
Cool!
Elentarri's Book Blog 4 years ago
I've seen shiny blue wasps and blue flies (blue bottles) but never blue bees. Interesting. :)

I've got what looks like small fat (almost round) bees (might be bumble bees) half the size of the regular honey bees that are really fuzzy (looks like a flying ball of fluff) with white and black stripes instead of yellow and black.

And something that is the size of a large fruit beetle, fuzzy, yellow and black stripes that people keep telling me is a hornet but I don't think so.

Also wood borer bees that are busy making house in the roof beam right next to the log we put up for them last year.

There are also a few types of small, skinny bee-looking insects which I suspect are bee-mimicking flies.
Murder by Death 4 years ago
I had to google the black and white fuzzy one - and found a South African carpenter bee that's a cutie with the stubbiest butt I've ever seen, lol. Does this look like it?:
https://www.whatsthatbug.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/carpenter_bee_south_africa_alan.jpg

The small bee-looking insects you think are flies: do they hover? We have some the match your description that pollinate our avocado trees and they are a type of fly.
Elentarri's Book Blog 4 years ago
Most of them hover, the rest just zip around too fast.

Might be a carpenter bee but it's got more white and lots more fuzz.
Wow. She's adorable.
Murder by Death 4 years ago
Isn't she? I have got to figure out how to offer them nesting space so I can see them more often! :D
What a beautiful creature -- *and* so patiently letting you take so many photos from all different directions, too!
Murder by Death 4 years ago
MT said the same thing - couldn't believe she just sat there and let me invade her space. Neither could I, really; usually they're impossible to photograph because there's always buzzing around, never staying in one flower very long (unlike the Bettys). I'm thinking since it was the end of the day, she was relaxing a bit, doing a bit of grooming, before heading to her nest.

These have to be some of the most beautiful bees I've ever seen. We also have another solitary that's all over metallic blue and green, and it's definitely eye-catching - total bling - but this one is still my favorite. Her shape, color and furriness are all perfect. :D
They are. And she is. :) Hope you'll continue seeing her around a while longer.
My Never Ending List 4 years ago
That is amazing! Thank you for educating me. And I was thinking, a bee is a bee (except for a male species and a female)
Murder by Death 4 years ago
You're welcome - I never gave much thought to there being bees other than the honeybee and bumble bee either; and if I did I always assumed they just looked the same. It wasn't until this beauty first showed up in my garden a few years ago that I learned about the infinite variety of bees and how different they can look. It's been fascinating. :)
My Never Ending List 4 years ago
You can keep educating me, I will never get tired of it. Thanks!
4 years ago
Woooow. That's amazing. I agree, she's a ham. Trying to give you her best side.
Elentarri's Book Blog 4 years ago
Looks positively cuddle-able!
Debbie's Spurts 4 years ago
"It is commonly held that bees are responsible for helping produce one of every three mouthfuls of food we eat by helping to pollinate plants" -- http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/bees-survey-friends-of-the-earth-1.4178524 ; I like the graphics for a poster wanting bees in that same article at https://i.cbc.ca/1.4178518.1498503339!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/original_620/friends-of-the-earth-bees-wanted-poster.jpg
Rachel's books 4 years ago
So neat, thanks for sharing!
Murder by Death 4 years ago
You're welcome. :)