The purpose of my Adirondacks trip was to sample the bee fauna of the region, but in addition to me entomologizing (? (apoideaizing??)), I had a lot of fun botanizing. I was traveling with entomologists, who gave me endless side eye for taking photos of plants without bees on. “How can you go to the dark side?”, they asked, betrayed. “Everybody studies plants,” they added.
Well, I posit that you can’t study bees without studying plants! You can’t understand bee morphology without understanding floral morphology. You can’t understand bee behaviour without understanding oligolecty and pollen preferences. You can’t predict bee distributions without knowing where and when their host plants are flowering.
End rant. Begin flowers.