So, very early yesterday morning I headed for the garden to cut some of them for flower arrangements. I quietly entered the garden hoping to surprise and shoot (with a camera only) the deer that has been hanging out there lately. No deer. But what I did see was many little sleeping native bees. They were anchored to cosmos petals with their mandibles and waiting for the day to warm up before breaking their naps. I think they were mostly long-horned bees but I am certainly no expert.
|Sleeping face down in cosmos pollen.|
|Hanging tight with mandibles and tarsal claws.|
|Covered with cold dew and specks of pollen.|
|Almost time to awake and greet the day.|
|Another sleeping beauty!|
One reward from visiting the garden very early is that I get the occasional blackberry snack before the robins and cat birds find them.
|Cosmos bouquets ready to go.|