Liatris microcephala Buzzing
I was at a wholesale nursery this week and found the bees all over this Dwarf Shooting Star. Liatris microcephala is one of the smallest species in the genus, though I'm not sure how common it is to see it making clumps as big as what's in these pots. I'd love to know if anyone knows if that's typical and how many years it gets to be like something that big.
The honey bees were also all over assorted Russian Sage, Sage, a white flowering Mint that looked more like Catmint, and just about everything else that resembles Anise Hyssop now that we're past it's peak bloom.
Also this year I've planted a number of different Aster species. Specifically within the genus Symphyotrichum, but honeybees are passing right by them for their prized Symphotrichum novae-angliae, New England Aster. I already have several videos of that plant with honeybees all over it, so we don't need another at this time.
I have lots of Goldenrods too but I'm not seeing a lot of Honeybees working them yet either. And I find this surprising. They seem to favor Canadian Goldenrod, over Showy Goldenrod, 'Golden Fleas', ZigZag, and 'Fireworks'. Tall Goldenrod, Solidago altissima, has yet to start blooming here but when it has in the past it's always been a honeybee favorite.