Rocky Mountain Bee Plant

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Rocky Mountain Bee PlantRocky Mountain Bee Plant – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1600, ISO 640, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 314mm, natural light

Bird photography has been slow for the past week; August usually is in the Salt Lake Valley, but we’ve been going out anyway to see what we can find.

Rocky Mountain Bee Plants (Cleome serrulata) are one of the wildflowers that are currently in bloom on Antelope Island State Park in some locations, they aren’t as widespread as the Moth Mulleins so I treasure finding them. I photographed this one yesterday and instead of finding bees on them I found two species of wasps.  I believe the wasp in flight and the one on the left side of the flower head to be Western Yellow Jackets, the other darker one hidden at the top left of the flower head I am not sure about the ID.

They aren’t birds but they are “Things with Wings”.



  1. M. Firpi August 8, 2012 at 6:46 am

    What fine detail that Western Yellow Jacket has.

  2. Susan August 7, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    They are delightfully winged too, lovely image Mia.

  3. Jim Braswell August 7, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Great catch Mia!

  4. Merrill Ann Gonzales August 7, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    That yellow-jacket on the right gives a new meaning to “bee-line”…. Very good photo. Around here I would not be able to be still enough to photo a yellow-jacket. They are very aggressive…..

    • Mia McPherson August 9, 2012 at 7:20 am

      Merrill, fortunately because I was using my longest lens to photograph the Rocky Mountain Bee Plant I didn’t get close to the Yellow Jackets, they can be very agressive. Thanks for your comment.

  5. Julie G. August 7, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    This is a lovely photograph, Mia! Exquisite detail, sharpness and lighting. Simply beautiful!

    • Mia McPherson August 9, 2012 at 7:19 am

      Thanks much for your comment Julie, these are such lovely wildflowers.

  6. Dan Huber August 7, 2012 at 4:53 am

    I love this shot Mia, lovely color, and cute little wasps (as long as they don’t sting)

    • Mia McPherson August 9, 2012 at 7:19 am

      Thanks Dan, I’m glad I didn’t get stung by the wasps, my experience last week with the Deer Fly and super swollen neck was enough!

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