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Did you know that honey bees aren't native to the Americas? The honey bee came to North America with the Europeans. The continent wasn't lacking in bees before honey bees came, however, because a vast assortment of native bees were already happily pollinating flowers.

Like these busy native bees working our sunflowers.

sunflower bee

The pint-sized pollinators have been coming in a constant stream since the sunflowers opened.

sunflower bee

They leave each flower with yellow pollen-laden legs loaded to overcapacity . How do they even fly?

sunflower bee

Thanks to these bees we have a heavy crop of sunflower seeds. Go, bees, go!

sunflower bee

Although the weather is uncomfortably hot for humans, things are still happening out in the garden here in Arizona.


The sunflowers we planted for the Great Sunflower Project have started to flower.

The bees can hardly wait.

A few days ago these bees were sleeping on a nearby milkweed plant.

long-horned bee

long-horned bee

Long-horned bees (tribe Eucerini in the family Apidae) are named for the long antennae present on males. They have a habit of clustering in groups to sleep overnight on plants.

I'm not sure what species these particular bees are. There are over 30 genera in the tribe Eucerini, including Melissodes (the long-horned bees), Peponapis and Xenoglossa (squash bees), and Svastra (sunflower bees).

Hopefully we'll be seeing bees on the sunflowers soon.

Check out this unique slow motion video of a bee flying. Although the title says it is a bumble bee, it is actually a carpenter bee. Also, if an ad pops up the first time you view, simply close it and it shouldn't show again.

Isn't that incredible? Bees actually have four wings, but their wings hook together in flight, giving the appearance of only having 2. When the carpenter bee starts to turn, notice its wings separate on the right side.