We have a flower and an…insect for you identify today.
Give me your best guesses in the comments and I’ll check back later!
Here’s a little hint:
This tree is blooming now–it’s a Hawthorn, Crataegus sp., sometimes called May-tree (it blooms in May), thornapple or hawberry–because all of those pollinated flowers become little red fruits or ‘apples’ in the fall.
The insect doing the pollinating is a honeybee – family identifiable by the yellow and black stripes on its abdomen. Many insects were visiting these flowers the day Nutmeg and I ran down to visit it, including what we think is a mason bee.
The all black abdomen matches the bees we see going in and out of the mason bee house.
The branches of the hawthorn are loaded with flowers and insects seeking the nectar and pollen. If you look closely, you might see a few that scattered off when I shook the branches!