This little red bee (Protandrena abdominalis) was collected on spotted beebalm.
It seems to be the only species of plant, with the possibility of some close relatives being involved, that this bee finds worthy of collecting pollen from. If you Google images of spotted beebalm you’ll see that it is quite the complicated and rather ornate flowering plant. It’s a little bit difficult to figure out what is going on in terms of why it has evolved all these lovely associated ornaments, but it has to be an interesting story. Quite the handsome insect, I think. Photograph by Anders Croft.
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