Popular goldenrod

The last flower to start blooming this year was one solitary goldenrod. Almost immediately, dozens of little bees found it.

more than a dozen little bees on goldenrod

I saw more types of insects on the goldenrod than I saw on any of our other flowers. Someday I hope to be able to identify bees, but for now I’ll just say there were a lot of bees. A big yellow-and-black beetle hung out for one afternoon, and several mosquitoes even stopped by frequently.

goldenrod with a bee, mosquito, and beetle

This video shows how busy the goldenrod was on a late-summer afternoon:

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