Edge of the Prairiethe sand prairies and savannas of the Chicago region

    Bombus sp.

Bumblebees are the most prominent native bee species on the sand prairie. When prickly pear cactus (Opuntia humifosa) is in bloom in June and July, they go into a frenzy of activity and are easy to approach.

Bombus sp.

Many bumblebees reside in burrows in the easy-to-dig sand of the small dunes.


Bee on False Dragonhead: Photo taken by Raphael Carter, Carver Park Reserve, 12 September 1999.

Snapdragon Pollination: many images of bees pollinating Snapdragons.

The Social Bees = Apidae: on Earthlife.net.


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