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Spring has arrived in Arizona.


The wildflowers are blooming.


The bees are flying.


Bees and flowers are made for each other,


like this halictid sweat bee in a desert marigold,


and this carpenter bee face first in a desert mallow flower.

Yes, spring is in the air.

Sometimes when you try a new plant in your yard, you see a new insect.

That's what happened when we tried Lesquerella. It it attracted a new bee.

It is a solitary bee, which means each female digs or builds her own nest.

In any case, I'm not sure what kind it is. If you know your bees, it would be great to find out more.

When I popped out to take a photograph for Bug of the Week, I really didn't expect to find much new.

But then I spotted this little solitary bee on a leaf.

It appeared to be doing something with its mouthparts on the leaf.

Do you have any idea what it might be doing? I'll give you a hint, the plant is a brittlebush.