I SAID IT WAS NOT A BEE!
Hours searching, red-eyed and teary
Scanning late near midnight weary
Endless screens listing fakey bees
None sporting thick gold thighs and knees
I turned away from wasps and flies
To swarms of bees, with many sighs.
California links not far away
Pointed to a Megachilidae
Bug guide dot net had good clear frame
No doubt now I knew insect’s name
Anthidium illustre bee
Sipping penstemon nectar tea.
Now to bed, satisfied to see
My garden has a native bee.
on Penstemon spectabilis.
The length of this bee is
about one centimeter.
is a western bee,
found throughout California,
north to Oregon, Idaho, and Sugar Land TX,
east to New Mexico & Colorado.
Have you seen A. illustre visiting your garden’s native flowers?