At long last, a modicum of relief from the exceptional drought conditions we’ve been having! Victoria offered to send us some of theirs from Australia yesterday, and it must have worked. It wasn’t much, only a (small) fraction of an inch, but it drizzled lightly for a few hours and that was extremely welcome. There has also been a delightful drop in temperature—in fact, we matched a 120-year record low a few days ago.
The combination of the precipitation and the lower temperature has also had quite an effect on some of the insects I’ve been focusing on recently. After catching up on website comments and reviewing new posts today, I went back out to check out the trumpet vine where I had such good fortune yesterday and found a small bumblebee who was unusually slow, meticulous, and patient (a kindred soul), and was taking great care to explore unopened blossoms with its proboscis (tongue), apparently cautiously eager to be the first to sample the new nectar before it becomes available to all comers. Further, the breeze was considerably less than what I had to contend with yesterday, so I was able to shoot at lower sensitivity and use my tripod and two extension tubes for greater detail and even more intimate macros. These little bumblebees (my friendly entomologist buddy thinks they are probably Bombus impatiens) are rapidly joining the ranks of my all-time favorite insect subjects. This is such grand fun!