Bug of the Week: Solitary Bees of Spring

March is a wonderful month for bee watching in the Sonoran Desert.

Seems like every flower has a bee visiting.

Sweat bees seem to like the lemon blossoms.

Penstemons appeal to digger bees.

Fiddleneck (Amsinckia intermedia) is also a favorite.

No, that isn’t a bee. Flies like fiddleneck, too.

All these photographs were taken within a half hour in our back yard. The bees are very busy!

Do you have bees flying where you live?


  1. Karen

    Dozens of bees swarming around my tree! What I thought was leaves budding must actually be some sort of blossom. It sounds like a veritable beehive when you walk out the back door.

  2. Roberta

    We have a lot of honey bees in our citrus, too. It is that time of year. In summer there aren’t so many.

  3. Mike B.

    We have had some bees and flies. The weather keeps changing its mind, so I think we’re still a few weeks out before they are everywhere.

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