Echinacea and Agapostemon Splendens

This is one of my favourite photos from this past summer. I couldn’t have set it up if I had tried!

I was carefully arrranging a simple flower portrait of an echinacea plant in the Humber Valley one morning, trying to get the background to look just right. I figured I had everything the way I wanted and pressed the shutter button. When I did a quick check of the display on the back of the camera, everything looked as I had expected, except for a little smudge on one side that I thought was just a speck of something on the display screen. It wasn’t until I downloaded that day’s photos that I discovered the incoming insect! Agapostemon splendens is a rather handsome emerald green bee which is surprisingly common in Toronto. I never used to notice them before, but now I see them quite often – perhaps simply because I know they exist now.

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