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Tiny Sweat Bee in Star of Bethlehem flower... Spring 2011

I believe this tiny Sweat Bee is Augochlora pura based on research in BugGuide. They move really fast while gathering pollen so it's tricky to get a clear shot. Their iridescent colors always catch my eye in the garden. As for the flower, it seems to be a defective Star of Bethlehem in that it only has five petals whereas every other one blooming in my garden has the typical six-petal flower form of Ornithogalum umbellatum .

 

Featured on the blog for the Colors of the Heart group and the blog for the Damn! I Wish I'd Taken That!!! group. :-)

 

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Taken on April 30, 2011