Take a close look at any spray of goldenrod. If you give it a minute, you’ll almost always find someone in there hard at work, getting ready for winter.
I thought this was two bees at first, members of two distinct bee families, contentedly sharing a flower. In fact, it’s a bumblebee and a black locust borer.
“Bumblebees are not honey producers,” says thesca.org. That is to say, they only produce enough for their own consumption. How very ungenerous of them. But admit it, they are furry and appealing.
The black locust borer is identified as a pest, but it would rather be called a beetle. Note the snazzy “W” under the wings, says pnwhandbooks.org. The beetles thrive in “host trees,” especially the ill-fated black locust, but I gather they don’t treat their hosts with appropriate gratitude.
They both seemed quite nice to me.
My 60th year in 60,000 words
Day 17: 144 words, TOTAL = 2788; 57,212 remaining
Robin Clifford Wood is a writer and writing teacher. She lives in central Maine with her husband and dogs, loves to be outdoors, and enjoys ever-expanding horizons through her grown children and their multi-species families.