|Almost hairless bee, with her legs covered in pollen. And a tiny beetle, up there on the tip of the top left petal.|
|Another rose, another bee, with bigger saddlebags.|
|Here she is, zoomed in.|
Years ago, I posted a sort of comparison of the different bees and bee mimics I'd seen on the Lower Mainland. I went back to it today for help in identifying these bees. It was a good reminder of the things to look for, but not much help with this set. At least they're not bee mimics, syrphid flies and the like; they have long, jointed antennae, round abdomens, and those saddlebags. And they're female: only the females carry the saddlebags, to bring home the groceries in.
I like the way they're so glossy that they reflect the pink of the rose petals.
More of those tiny beetles coming tomorrow: I took at least 30 photos, hoping for one in which most of them behaved, so I've got some sorting to do.