Best of Bodega: Bees Buzzing on Echium

Bug Squad - Happenings in the Insect World   By Kathy Keatley Garvey    2/21/14

The Pride of Maderia (Echium candicans) is blooming in the tiny Sonoma coastal community of Bodega.

The purplish-blue spiked flowers attract honey bees, bumble bees and syrphid flies.

And visitors. And photographers.

The honey bees were buzzing all over the Echium last Sunday, Feb. 16, as were syrphid flies, aka hover flies or flower flies. But a  yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, preferred to hide beneath the leaf of a...


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