I Said It Was Not A Bee!

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.

Good night!

Anthidium illustre on Penstemon spectabilisA. illustre (Megachilidae) on Penstemon spectabilis. The length of this bee is about one centimeter.  Anthidium illustre  (Callanthidium illustre) is a western bee, found throughout California, north to Oregon, Idaho, and east to New Mexico & Colorado. Have you seen A. illustre visiting your garden’s native flowers?

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