Punk Bee
and Black-eyed Susans

  Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) are part of the sunflower family; however, it reminds me more of a "flower bush" than anything else, for over the years, at Saddle Rock, the Black-eyed Susan collective has become larger and larger and more and more glorious.
Black-eyed Susans
Working this particular Black-eyed Susan is a bee that can be described as nothing less than "punk." The guy has it all! Stamped on his back is the same type figure of a fella that NASA likes to put on its spacecraft.
Introducing punk bee on black-eyed Susan
When Apis punkus moved from shadow to sun, the light glinted off his bright-red spectacles.
Apis punkus
Over time, the black eye of the Black-eyed Susan expands from its charming geometric pattern to an explosion of miniature flowers. Great source of pollen!

Photography note: Both photos were taken (in late July 2002) using the Voigtlander 125mm macro on a Pentax LX.

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