Protoxaea gloriosa, f, back, Cochise Co., AZ
Arizona poppy pollen on Protoxaea gloriosa. Yep, the fluorescent orange Kallstroemia grandiflora, has fluorescent orange pollen and this bee loves it and becomes also fluorescent orange. People harp on the fact that bees pollinate most of our high nutrient/vitamin foods, but if it weren't for bees (and their kin) we would also not have flowers with any color other than green. So, don't thank bees for food thank them for flowers. Then go out and plant native flowering plants in your acre of anti-bee lawn you mow each week and be glad you live on Earth and not Mars where you would be mowing dirt. Pictures taken by Kelly Graninger and Anders Croft. Orange bee collected by Tim McMahon on a recent trip to Cochise County, Arizona. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 65mm Canon MP-E 1-5X macro lens, Twin Macro Flash in Styrofoam Cooler, F5.0, ISO 100, Shutter Speed 200. USGSBIML Photoshopping Technique: Note that we now have added using the burn tool at 50% opacity set to shadows to clean up the halos that bleed into the black background from "hot" color sections of the picture.