Thursday, June 30, 2011

painting: bee on gallardia

Here's another bee sporting an impressive pollen sac-- that yellowish bulge on the leg. She's seen here on a Gaillardia bloom, aka 'blanket flower'-- presumably because the striking pattern of the petals was thought to resemble 'the brightly patterned blankets made by native Americans.'
There are a number of species of the plant-- all in bright cheerful combinations of various reds & yellows, and they are especially welcome in the California summer for their low-fuss drought tolerant qualities.

as the blossoms open

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