Having the bees has made us way more aware of all the different varieties of bees and insects that swing by the room. In the past I could tell the difference between a bumble bee and wasp…but all the types in between, well the rest were just bees to me. I didn’t think much of it.
Now every time we spot a bee on the roof we take a good look at it to see if its one of ours. This one (there’s a closeup in the second picture)…is NOT one of ours. We see a lot of this kind of bee on roof (and in hindsight we always have around this time of year…at least since we got the green roof…they like the yellow flowers). But this is some sort of native pollinator bee. It collects pollen, we can see it in little sacks on its feet, like our honey bees. But its a little fatter and it also has a furry back (you can see it in the picture). Our honey bees are a bit more slender and elegant, and not furry. Their legs also seem more slender than this bee’s. I’ll try and snap a photo if I see one.