Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes

Wednesday’s Photos

Invitation to Feast and to Pollinate

This is our red delicious appletree. Today I noticed a lot of humming and buzzing around the blossoms. We have no honey bees in our community. So I thought I would only be seeing bumblebees. To my great surprise, there were other insects, some looked like wild bees and others I have not encountered before. Perhaps some of you insect experts like my blogging friend Gerhard in Germany could figure out and report back their names. Enjoy.

Bumble Bee with Red Thighs
Another Kind of Bumble Bee
Looks Like Some Kind of a Fly

41 comments

  1. Labby · May 27

    Hallo Peter, die Blüten sind ja ein Paradies für Insekten. Mag das erst eine Blütenpracht sein in deinem Garten. Mit der Namensfindung kann ich Dir aber leider nicht helfen. Gruss Wolfgang

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    • Peter Klopp · May 28

      Das ist in Ordnung mehere Folger meines Blogs haben schon geholfen. Vielen Dank, lieber Wolfgang für deinen lieben Kommentar!

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  2. Robert Parker · May 27

    Wow, I know bees have “pockets” on their legs for pollen, but this guy is wearing real cargo pants, or perhaps full dress uniform! Happy to see some pollinators are work, nice photography.

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  3. Pit · May 27

    Great pictures, Peter, not only of the insects, but of the blossoms, too.

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    • Peter Klopp · May 28

      Thank you, Pit! The photos are also a good example how beauty combines with usefulness.

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  4. Des · May 27

    Lots of bumblebees around here right now too, Peter. Good to see they’re thriving up north as well.

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    • Peter Klopp · May 28

      Our climate here is quite similar to where you live, Des. Bumble bees are very busy right now in our mini orchard.

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      • Des · May 28

        I think you’re right, Peter. I’ve noticed an abundance of bumblebees right now, probably because my grandson points out every single one he sees. I don’t think I knew we had so many around here!

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  5. Stella, oh, Stella · May 27

    Fruit trees in blossom are so beautiful! What a sight it must be in your garden right now!
    We have also mostly bumble bees, but sometimes in summer also honey bees. Somebody around here must have bee hives.
    Could that other insect be a hoverfly? (Schwebfliege: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schwebfliegen )

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    • Peter Klopp · May 28

      Indeed, ‘shoreacres’ just commented that the insect was a hoverfly. Thank you for always finding a kind comment to write on my photos, dear Birgit!

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  6. Pure Glory · May 27

    Peter, beautiful apple blossoms and bees! Thank you for sharing. Enjoy your days.

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  7. GP Cox · May 27

    SPRING HAS DEFINITELY SPRUNG AT ARROW LAKES!!

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  8. Su Leslie · May 27

    Lovely images Peter, of the bees and the blossom

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  9. shoreacres · May 27

    There are several species of native bees; I’m sure you have some, too. The red thighs you mentioned are pollen; some bees store it there until carrying it back home. Your last photo is of a syrphid fly, sometimes called a flower fly or hover fly. They’re cute as can be, and great pollinators. They must be happy as can be with all your blossoms!

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    • Peter Klopp · May 28

      Thank you, dear blogging friend for the explanation! I was sure that someone would help me out identifying the insects.

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  10. Cornelia Weber · May 27

    Peter, your images with words of your apple tree blossoming in abundance for the bumble bees, is such a delight for me. Thank you for your splendid share.

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    • Peter Klopp · May 28

      I am so glad you liked the post on the apple blossoms, Cornelia.

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  11. Ann Coleman · May 28

    The blossoms are just lovely! But I haven’t seen those types of bees either. Wonder what they are?

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  12. kopfundgestalt · May 28

    Das scheint eine Schwebfliege zu sein. Der Hinterkörper scheint flach und breit.
    Eine nähere Bestimmung ist etwas schwierig, weil ich auch nicht weiss, was sich in Kanada für Schwebfliegen befinden.
    Schön!

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    • Peter Klopp · May 29

      Der Name Schwebfliege beschreibt das Insekt sehr gut, wie auch der englische Name hoverfly. Vielen Dank, Gerhard!

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  13. Amy · May 28

    You are brave to get so close! Or did you have a zoom lens? Great shots!

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    • Peter Klopp · May 29

      You are right, Amy. I used the zoom lens, but I do not think that bumble bees sting you.

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      • Amy · May 29

        Probably true—but I don’t trust them!

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  14. Anca · May 28

    Aww, how wonderful. I love watching bees too. They are wonderful little creatures.

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  15. rabirius · May 29

    Your Arrow Lakes pictures are always so beautiful.

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  16. Sartenada · June 2

    Hello Peter. It seems that summer is there, well, here also. I enjoyed your pictures very much and it was a great pleasure to watch them. Thank you.

    P.S. My next post presents photos from Germany from the year 2003!

    Have a good day!

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    • Peter Klopp · June 3

      I am looking forward to seeing your perspective on my former home country. Greetings from distant Canada, Sartenada!

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      • Sartenada · June 4

        Hello Peter.

        Very good, we have been in Germany many times, mainly making road trips. Here are some places where we have been:

        Frankfurt. Aachen, Mannheim, Hamburg, Düsselforf, München, Berlin, Nürnberg, Nürnburgring. I have visited Aachen about 20 times, when I was working in a big IT project. Well, my post will not show these places listed here, but another one. It is a place where we have stopped twice when on road trip.

        Have a nice day!

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      • Peter Klopp · June 5

        Wow, it seems you have seen more of Germany than me having once actually lived there.

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  17. Steve Schwartzman · June 3

    If you ever want to know more about native bees in British Columbia, here’s the place to go:

    https://www.bcnativebees.org/

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  18. Ankur Mithal · June 6

    There may yet be many forms of life, like the bees in this case, that humans haven’t catalogued 🙂

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    • Peter Klopp · June 6

      With the nearly infinite variety of life forms it seems impossible to catalogue them all.

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      • Ankur Mithal · June 6

        Here is your chance to contribute to the scientific community 🙂

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      • Peter Klopp · June 7

        Haha! That would be a task for me, for someone who can barely keep his aunts and uncles and all the other ancestors properly investigated and reported in my blog. Thank you for your astounding confidence in my ability, Ankur!

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