In keeping with my critter-focused take on this week’s theme here’s a female augochlora judging by the sharp inner orbital margin. I think she was resting, but it was a cold day so it could have been the end for her. I found a dead bumblebee just a few feet away from her, so it was that time of year.
This gorgeous wee thing is maybe 1 cm long. She was moving and the flower was shifting in the breeze so it took some time to get this, but I’m so glad I did. These non-hive bees are mostly solitary, but I’ve seen several of them using an old stump in my yard to make the nests they lay their eggs in. While they shared the stump, they didn’t share nests. They are important pollinators for native plants.
Nothing specific, but let it fly.
Is this a composite: No
Leica DG 45mm f/2.8 macro
f/3.2 | 1/200 sec.| ISO 500
Lr processed for white balance, contrast & exposure. Local adjustment brush on bee’s face to lighten it a tiny bit. Overall sharpening & a crop.