Prairie Crocus and honey bee

This little honey bee was digging down into those pistils and stamens in a nearly delirious way. Its pollen baskets, or corbiculae, on its hind legs were full, but it just couldn’t stop.

Prairie crocus

Prairie crocus

A hairy little guy on a hairy little flower.

Prairie crocus

Prairie crocus

But the delicate tracery on the fairy-like wings, the translucent sheen, how amazing. And I would never have seen it if it wasn’t for my camera’s close-up function.

Prairie crocus

Prairie crocus

Prairie crocus

Prairie crocus

Prairie crocus

Prairie crocus

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