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Anthophora , Digger Bee

Anthophora. Digger Beeis a solitary bee doesn't care much about soil type to dig it's nest in. It's a very active flier and suspicious of old men with cameras. I've been buzzed many times. Sometimes the bee will fly up into my face and fly to another bush.
Many of our Manzanitas, (Sentinel, Austin Griffiin, Mama Bear, Ian Bush, amongst others) flower as the first brood of this digger bee emerges. Add some manzanitas and Salvia clevelandii Alpine to the edges of your orchard and your orchard should be able to build quantities of native bees to replace Honey Bees. This is an insect that does little harm and a great deal of good. They pollinate all sorts of flowers and are not lazy about it. On overcast days the Bumblebees and Digger bees and me are all that are about the flowers. No European bees to bee found.
Anthophora species , Digger Bee in flight - grid24_12
Digger bee, Anthophora sp.
Anthophora edwardsii, Digger Bee in heaven on Ian bush manzanita, Arctostaphylos - grid24_12
Anthophora, Digger bee on Arctostaphylos Ian Bush. Looks like heaven to me.
Anthophora spcies, a Digger Bee on Austin Griffin - grid24_12
Probably Anthophora edwardsii, a Digger Bee on Austin Griffin Manzanita
The back side of a Digger Bee, Anthophora species - grid24_12
The back side of a Digger Bee, Anthophora
A Digger Bee, anthophora pacifica  on a Arctostaphylos Ian Bush manzanita. - grid24_12
A Digger Bee, Anthophora pacifica on a Arctostaphylos Ian Bush manzanita.
Anthophora pacifica visits flowers of Arctostaphylos, Cercocarpus, Cynoglossum grandis, Eriodictyon californicum, Lasthenia, Lotus, Lupinus, Pedicularis, Ribes, and Salix. - grid24_12
Anthophora pacifica visits flowers of Arctostaphylos, Cercocarpus, Cynoglossum grandis, Eriodictyon caliofnricum, Lasthenia, Lotus, Lupinus, Pedicularis, Ribes, Salix. I know this bee really didn't mean to poo on me....
Salvia brandegei, Brandegees Sage, with a visiting Anthophora pacifica, Digger bee. Don't freak out. These little guys are great pollinators and the biggest buzzers. Digger bees seem to see humans as cows, an if you're polite, they avoid you. If you really provoke them they may bounce off of your head. I can't find any reports of stings, I've never been bothered, but I'm in awe of their intelligence and flying agility. They behave like a cattle dog, and I'm the cow. Native plants bring native insects. - grid24_12
Salvia brandegei, Brandegees Sage, with a visiting Anthophora pacifica