This is a large native bee of some kind, but I don’t know what its name is. It’s the same size as a bumblebee, but longer, with a more greenish color. It was really working the sunflower and had pollen on its back instead of its legs. I’m seeing fewer bees as the temps are dropping at night. Leaves are starting to turn yellow and I’ve seen a few dead bumblebees on the ground.
I spent all morning taking off the old wind-torn cover, cutting back roses and trumpet vine, and putting on a new cover on the canopy. We are covered again for another year or two.
I noticed the morning glories were blooming this evening. I think they got confused because it’s been cloudy, cold, and dark all day. The temperature stayed in the 40s F, that’s single-digits in C. The sunflowers stood in for the sun on this dark and dreary day.