This gallery contains 2 photos. The abdomen on this bee is black with white stripes — unlike the European honey bee, which has black stripes on a yellow abdomen. This species of bee does not buzz while it collects nectar. It’s like being in a library.
This alfalfa leafcutter bee was photographed on a windy April 4, painstakingly pollinating the Shiro plum blossoms, which have become the nectar source of choice for many an insect, including the honeybee, bumblebee, stinkbug, blue bottlefly, and common housefly.