More rains have helped things along . There are still all kinds of different blossoms going on, but as usual, the cosmos steal the show. There is a lot of ragweed in there as well, which the honeybees are going nuts for. Incidentally, consuming local honey is a great way to lessen your ragweed (and other) allergies for just this reason. The honeybees are all over this stuff and so heavy with pollen that it is actually weighing them down. Check it out:
Bumblebees are also really enjoying the cosmos and building huge pollen sacs from that as well.
I was going to snap a pic of this cool car in our parking lot (left) and a bumblebee on a cosmos got right in the middle of it.
Those flowers are so much nicer than looking at cigarette butts, beer cans and loser lottery tickets.
The shiny green/brassy head and thorax with wildly contrasting black and yellow-banded abdomen of Agapostemon texanus, or sweat bee :
And this is just a pretty cool shot of a bumblebee:
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Pollinator Factoid: Did you know that even the Department of Defense recognizes the importance of pollinators and the native plants they depend on? Pollinators Are Important to DoD’s Mission Because: Diverse, native plant communities are resilient to impacts from DoD activities and other stresses (such as drought and invasive species). They also make up the landscape on which warfighters depend for realistic training and testing. Restoring natural plant communities (and removing and controlling invasive species) can result in cost savings, and can protect threatened and endangered species. Native plants, for example, are better adapted to the environment and use less water and require fewer chemicals to be controlled. DoD installations present opportunities to restore habitats for pollinators and contribute to biodiversity and food security. By monitoring pollinator populations DoD could also be viewed as an important contributor to conservation and as an example to other federal agencies.