Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Queen bee.

I planted the red-flowering currant for hummingbirds, which do pop by now and then, but am equally happy to see Yellow-faced Bumblebee queens make use of the blossoms.



Kim and Victoria said...

I've seen this shrub a couple of times lately on blogs. Nice.
Nice pic of the bumblebee!

Pablo said...


KaHolly said...

It is a beauty - the bee and the plant! I've never seen a yellow-faced bumblebee before and enjoyed looking it up to learn more about it. ~karen

Hugh said...

K&V, Many northwesterners have this shrub (and it's native too), and it's one of the first to flower. It begs to be blogged at this time of year.

Thanks, Pablo.

Karen, thanks. This is one of the commoner bumblers here, and one of the easier to identify. When it comes to colour patterns in bumblers, less is more.

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Hurray for your bees!

RPS77 said...

Heh, the yellow and black pattern on that bumblebee is almost the exact reverse of the pattern on the bumblebees around here, which are generally black at the front and back and yellow in the middle!

At the rate we're going here, it won't be too long before we have as much spring color as you do. The pear and cherry trees are already starting to bloom, which is 2-3 weeks earlier than they usually do.