I visited my parents last weekend to help them put a lot of mulch down in the garden (and to battle back huge aggressive weeds!). At the end of the day, I noticed a bee zipping around the fresh mulch. When I looked closer, I noticed it was a little Andrena. She was zipping back and forth in one corner of the garden, and I realized that we had inadvertently covered up a nesting site with the mulch.
She seemed determined though, zooming around and around and never landing. So of course I ran to get my camera and plopped down on my belly in the grass near her haunt. She NEVER landed, which made photographing her a challenge, but I’m kind of amazed that I did end up with some halfway decent shots.
I mean, this is a bee that is only a few millimeters long, moving at high speeds in unpredictable patterns. I was using a manual focus and a macro lens. I was lucky to get anything!
Okay, so I got a few shots like this. I was clearly just trying to capture the beauty of a blade of grass, DUH.
Tiny bee, big yard.
Inspecting the mulch.
I can’t believe this is (mostly) in focus.
This was meant to be artsy. Ahem.
My best shot of the bunch!!
I should end this story on a happy note…she did eventually find her nest! Even though we completely changed the landscape cues and covered the ground in stinky mulch. How did she find it? Bees are amazing.