Monday, December 1, 2008

The Fantastic Tree WITH Native Bees!





What tree is this? I dont know! But these clusters of flowers were about three times bigger than my head! It stands on the fence line of someones property at the side of a narrow road with nowhere to pull over.

So I shot from the car expecting to be given the 'bums rush' any moment. They arent too bad considering I could take no extra care with my composition without tresspassing. A lonely dog looked longingly at me from the other side of the fence, hopeful.

But I was doubly rewarded when I spied some of our tiny stingless native bees working the enormous blossoms! Im no native bee expert, so Ive got no clue which Australian Native Bee they are - but Iam now thier biggest fan. Arent they darling?

Adding to wish list: Macro lens, and personal hovercraft.

6 comments:

Melanie said...

could it be a sapphire dragon tree(Paulownia)? Awesome flight shots.

BetteJo said...

You shot those from the car? Amazing! And as for your bees - if they don't sting - damn right they are darling!

areeiro said...

It's a cigar tree (Catalpa speciosa). A Paulownia would have had blue flowers but they boht belong to the same family and are quite similar. They say this tree is good to plant in your garden if you want to get rid of mosquitos. The little bees seem to like it though as they cue for a sip of honey. Great shot Lavender.

Lavender said...

Melanie Oooh, Id never heard of that before, so I googled it - what a fab tree, thanks for showing me something new! I couldnt match the flowers to them, or the Catalpa - which also came up in the search - so I figured, has to be one of these two LOL Sure was gorgeous!

BetteJo Wouldnt mind having a swarm of these guys deciding to set up shop here - we wouldnt have to worry about the bee allergy thing! LOL

Areeiro Melanie suggested the Paulownia, and I hadnt seen them before - how wild! When I did a search for them, Catalpa also came up - so I assumed there was some similarities - and boy there are! Looking through pics for both Paulownia and Catalpa, I havent yet found the flower's match - but its got to be one of these for sure!
If Catalpa really good at deterring mozzies then it would be valuable indeed - especially with summer coming LOL
I also hear that the wood of both trees is very useful - I learned so much just from posting a couple shots!

barkfoot said...

Well done getting those bees in flight. I'm rarely so ambitious and opt for lazy bees that'll stay still for me on flowers...

Lavender said...

Barkfoot LOL These guys made it easy for me by being so numerous...Ive chased many a bee - still, they are easier than butterflys!