...and she's digging my coneflowers!
|Those tufts of hair on her legs that look like fuzzy leg warmers (scopae) are designed to collect and carry pollen
coneflower at Clay and Limestone. She'll work one coneflower, then move to the next, never stopping to visit the Gaillardias, Asclepias or Zinnias that are planted in the same containers.
You've probably observed this same behavior among many of the pollinators in your garden. Biologists call this phenomenon flower constancy.here and here.
PS I am so very sure you don't need me to remind you that if you want pollinators in your garden, you must never, ever, ever, ever use pesticides.
* The Sunflower Bee looks remarkably similar to another Long-Horned Bee, Melissodes...but, it's much larger.
Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone." She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.