Dear All – greetings from the flowering bush in northern Kenya. I’ve just been looking at some interesting bees and other insects visiting a delicate flowering herb (Orthosiphon) that has come up after the rains.
It grows in the dappled shade of acacia trees and forms a dense tangle of pale lilac flowers borne on arching spikes that reach above the heart-shaped leaves.
One of the bees visiting this patch of flowers is an Amegilla, a long-tongued bee. These are wonderful bees, marked with bright colours and they move about frantically working the flowers for nectar and pollen.
Here is an amazing (and lucky) picture that shows the bee approaching the flowers: