Backyard Ecology Creating Space for Pollinators and Wildlife
Creating Space for Pollinators and Wildlife

Native Bees and Wasps around the Farm

The late summer and early fall wildflowers around the farm are magnets for many different types of pollinators. Last week, I shared pictures of some of the butterflies that are visiting our flowers. This week, I’m sharing photos of some of the native bees and wasps that are also visiting the flowers. It always amazes me how many different types of native bees and wasps we have and how beautiful they are.

I love how metallic green the thorax of these bees are and look at all that yellow pollen stuck on the thorax hairs and in the pollen baskets on its back legs!
This picture doesn’t do the wasp’s wing justice. When it flicks its wings in the sunlight, this wasp’s wings are a deep metallic blue.
Can you find both bees? Talk about a size difference! (Hint: Look just above the “T” in my name to find the second bee.)

This article was part of Shannon’s original Kentucky Pollinators and Backyard Wildlife blog which evolved into the blog for Backyard Ecology. All of Shannon’s Kentucky Pollinators and Backyard Wildlife blogs can be found at

Backyard Ecology: Creating Space for Pollinators and Wildlife
Nature isn’t just “out there.” It’s all around us, including right outside our doors. Hi, my name is Shannon Trimboli, and I am the host of Backyard Ecology. I live in southcentral Kentucky and am a wildlife biologist, educator, author, beekeeper, and owner of a nursery specializing in plants for pollinators and wildlife conservation. I started Backyard Ecology as a way to share my love of exploring nature and learning about different plants and animals. I invite you to join me as we ignite our curiosity and natural wonder, explore our yards and communities, and improve our local pollinator and wildlife habitat. Learn more or subscribe to my email list at

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