Saturday, September 5, 2015

Corralitas Drive: Chive Flowers Attract Tiny Native Bees

Photo: Diane Edwardson, September 2, 2015.  According to UC Berkeley's Urban Bee Lab, there are around 1600 native bee species in California.  I'm not even going to attempt to ID the 1/4" long bee I watched drink from the chive flowers.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)
Photo: Diane Edwardson, September 2, 2015.  We always see a variety of bees and blue butterflies on and in the chives.  The UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab has a section on seasonal gardening for bees, along with links to regionally appropriate advice. 

We've documented green, blue-green, and rust, gold & black bees.  Click here for all our bee posts.