I have attracted hundreds of bumble bees to my yard this summer. Lots of other bees and pollinators as well, although very few honey bees. Our honey bees come from Europe originally, and perhaps our diet is just too rich for them because they are disappearing like snowflakes on a late spring day. Beekeepers are studying their demise with much concern.
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Many of the fat bumblers are still lingering as fall arrives to catch nectar from the last of the cosmos, zinnias, celosia, lavender, sage and their real favorite, a variegated "cat mint" shrub. Some, just like us, wear their groceries on their hips.
They no longer buzz noisily as I pass and their darting is more like heavy floating from blossom to blossom. They actually look a little drunk when in reality they are just cold.
In the early colder mornings as I pass they rest covered in dew, comatose on the blossoms. I think they look as if some craft person has stuck them there for decoration. The bumblers are different in appearance if you are not afraid to look closely. Some dressed in shiny black bottoms and others a yellow furry coat all around.
And some I have discovered have attitude!