Winter may be on its way, but this day is mild and there are still some flowers for a female bumble bee to visit, even if they are weeds.
I studied wild native bees of Maine for years and published research papers regarding the plant species that bees visit to get nectar and pollen. It was a privilege and a thrill to watch bees on flowers, and take pictures of them. A few of the photos I took just begged to have their subjects interpreted in oil paint.
This particular bee was visiting flowers of the weedy wild snapdragon called butter-and-eggs (Linaria vulgaris) at a blueberry farm in eastern Maine in the second part of October, just before the first killing frost. She was probably a mated queen, destined to spend the winter in a hole in the ground near the edge of the forest. If all went well, she would emerge in spring to found her own new colony.
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