I went to visit the fringed gentians this morning. Unfortunately, sunshine is required for them to open and I only had a few early hours to be out. I did find one composition with a bud and that will show up later this week. One advantage to being out so early is sleepy insects and I took advantage of that.
There were several of these Eastern Carpenter Bees- Xylocopa virginica virginica spending the cool morning air beneath these Canada Goldenrod–Solidago canadensis flowers. It was a bit breezy but a little patience allowed for some sharp exposures.
Not all bees exist in hive communities. There are solitary bees, which include these, who have their own nests and raise their young solo, gathering food and defending against predators. A queen unto themselves. As the name suggests, carpenter bees nest in wood or woody cavities, sometimes causing homeowners problems. Out here in the North Quabbin they only cause trouble for woody stems of plants like goldenrod.