The magnolia and the pachysandra

Spring bees
Beautiful Magnolia

I went out looking for bees on my lunch hour one day last week and found myself drawn to the magnificent bloom of the magnolia tree. It was covered in giant, glorious blooms, so I wandered around for a few minutes, wondering who pollinated it. I did see a few things…

Spring bees
A lovely wasp…
Spring bees
A tiny Lasioglossum bee hiding in the petals
Spring bees
Are you actually gonna visit this flower, or are you just going to hide in there all day?
Spring bees
They sure are pretty to humans though!

But it was only when I looked down to the humble flowers of the Pachysandra terminalis (a ground cover plant native to east Asia, in the boxwood family Buxaceae) that I found a great abundance of bees! Just another sign that bees don’t rank flowers the way humans do…they have some other way of measuring their worth! So if you have flowering Pachysandra in your yard right now, bee on the look out!

Spring bees
Pachysandra flower
Spring bees
Spring bees
Spring bees
Spring bees
Spring bees
Obligatory bee butt

Now that I think about it…this makes perfect sense! The majority of the bees on the Pachysandra were Osmia cornifrons, which we all know is from Japan. Pachysandra terminalis is also native to Japan! They came all the way over here and met each other once more…

Spring bees
Spring bees
Spring bees
Look how tiny!
Spring bees
This is a pretty little Lasioglossum…I don’t even try to identify this genus to species
Spring bees
Spring bees

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