Sweat Bee and Purple Milkwort

This post is a follow-on from my recent Perfect Match post. I was greatly taken with the bright, shiny green and yellow colouring of this small bee and how perfectly it complements the colours in the flower.

The photos below show a Sweat Bee (Halictid bee, Augochlorini tribe) exploring the flowers of Purple Milkwort (Polygala sanguinea).

All photos, captions and information are courtesy of Mary Anne Borge (New Jersey).

To view larger photos please visit Mary Anne’s original post (I’ve provided a link to the original post below these photos).

Credit:  Mary Anne Borge       Blog Home:   The Natural Web

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Sweat Bee (Halictid bee, Augochlorini tribe) exploring a Purple Milkwort (Polygala sanguinea) inflorescence

 

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Sweat Bee (Halictid bee, Augochlorini tribe) positioning its proboscis for a drink from a Purple Milkwort (Polygala sanguinea) flower

 

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Mmmm, delicious! Sweat Bee (Halictid bee, Augochlorini tribe) drinking nectar from a Purple Milkwort (Polygala sanguinea) flower

 

Purple Milkwort can be found in the ground cover layer of meadows, prairies, open fields and woods edges from Nova Scotia west to Ontario in Canada, and in much of the eastern two-thirds of the United States, except Florida.
— Mary Anne Borge

From:   A Small Beauty: Purple Milkwort  |  August 18, 2017

Blog:    The Natural Web   :   Exploring Nature’s Connections

Photos, captions and information are courtesy of Mary Anne Borge and are used with permission.


Posted by Exploring Colour (2017)

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