On the hunt for the elusive squash bee with native bee advocates Celeste Ets-Hokin and Rollin Coville
As I tried to hold the fleshy flower petals open so Coville could photograph these sleepy males, one petal began to vibrate loudly. I let go and a male bee unwrapped itself from the petal and zoomed away into the undergrowth.
At the end of the afternoon when I thanked Ets-Hokin for inviting me on the bee hunt, she turned to Coville and laughed, "I told you she was easily entertained."
For information about native bees, visit www.xerces.org/pollinator-resource-center.