As fall weather pushes the final blooming flowers into senescence, we can now reflect on the previous season. Native habitat gardens are dynamic, with ephemeral flowers asserting themselves for a mere weeks before fading into the underlying matrix of grasses and sedges. Along with those flowers come the insects that utilize them.
Here is the season of native habitat gardens from the perspective of bees (seen in and around Omaha, Nebraska). This is a collection of my favorite photos of urban bees from the past season. Notice how some bee species extend throughout the bloom period of multiple flower species, while some bee species are only seen for a short period. These photos are not an exhaustive catalog of all the species I observed in the Omaha area this season, just simply the photos I most enjoy.
Late Summer (August-September)
If you want to see more photos, check out the photo gallery.
Want to experience the seasons by watching bees, like this? Design and implement your own native habitat garden. See the following links for resources (especially for those in Nebraska):