Metallic Sweat Bees ( Halictidae)

These are my favorite bees… like EVER! The coloring is so amazing, these metallic green or blue colors just pop!

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Metallic Blue Sweat Bee | February 28 | Alice Mary Herden

There are thousands of species of sweat bees and 60 species alone documented in Florida.

Metallic Blue Sweat Bee | February 28 | Alice Mary Herden
Metallic Blue Sweat Bee | February 28 | Alice Mary Herden

With thistle blooming, it is time to hang around these plants if you are interested in getting some great photos and video, however, you will most likely get more bee butts because they will be digging their way to gather pollen. But hey, who doesn’t like a cute bee butt!

Metallic Blue Sweat Bee | February 28 | Alice Mary Herden
Metallic Blue Sweat Bee | February 28 | Alice Mary Herden

Would like to find out how they obtain that metallic color.. if you know, please comment below! Just to note they are attracted to the salt from human sweat! 


Links
http://www.floridasnativebees.com/sweat-bees.html

https://flawildflowers.org/know-your-native-pollinators-sweat-bees/

https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/IN/IN89700.pdf

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Fourleaf Vetch

First time I have seen this flowering vine, the Fourleaf Vetch. This is a native plant and grows in and around moist areas.

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Fourleaf Vetch | February 28 | Alice Mary Herden

Not a heat-loving type of plant, however, provides nectar for a variety of bees and butterflies during the cooler months in Florida.

Fourleaf Vetch | February 28 | Alice Mary Herden
Fourleaf Vetch | February 28 | Alice Mary Herden

Links:

http://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/plant.aspx?id=2647

https://whatfloridanativeplantisbloomingtoday.wordpress.com/2013/02/07/fourleaf-vetch-vicia-spp-likely-acutifolia/

http://www.wildsouthflorida.com/fourleaf.vetch.html#.XH5a0vZFx9A

Swollen Bladderwort

Along Cow Creek Rd. in Goethe State Forest are areas of flowing water that is filled with beautiful spectacles of yellow. The swollen bladderwort, a Florida native plant, is another species in the bladderwort family as well as an aquatic carnivorous plant.

Swollen Bladderwort | March 28 | Alice Mary Herden
Swollen Bladderwort | March 28 | Alice Mary Herden
Swollen Bladderwort | March 28 | Alice Mary Herden
Swollen Bladderwort | March 28 | Alice Mary Herden 

Great video about the Swollen Bladderwort, it’s such a neat plant!


What really would be neat if people would contain their trash!Swollen Bladderwort 2.jpg There’s nothing like coming across the beauty of nature and seeing how humans diminish that beauty.


Links:

https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2017/09/06/swollen-bladderwort.pdf

http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/plant-directory/utricularia-species/

https://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Florida-Forest-Service/Our-Forests/State-Forests/Goethe-State-Forest

https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=UTIN