The butterfly weed nearest the street — one big plant that’s been growing for a few years — is two shades of orange:
half dark orange, half light orange.
This particular plant (one of at least five butterfly weeds in our front yard) is constantly humming with busy honeybees.
I thought about watching for five minutes for an unscientific study of which side the bees prefer. Over several days, I would keep coming back to this flower, and the result wasn’t consistent.
Other bees sometimes make an appearance, too. I don’t know what kind of bee this is.
And being butterfly weed, butterflies sometimes stop by, too. I think this is a type of hairstreak.
This is the same butterfly weed plant that had six monarch eggs earlier this year.