Rock Rose Ice Plant with Honey Bee

Honey bee (Apis mellifera) on Rock Rose Ice Plant (Aptenia cordifolia)

Rock Rose Ice Plant (Aptenia cordifolia) + Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)
Location: Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii

One section of our garden is on a steep hillside.  One of the plants we use for a ground cover there is the Rock Rose (Aptenia cordifolia), a succulent in the Ice Plant (Aizoaceae) family.  All morning long, the pretty red flowers on this plant attract honey bees (Apis mellifera).


Anonymous said...

Great shot! I lucked up on catching a bee once. Haven't been able to get one still since. :-)

BNS said...

Well that's exactly the problem, isn't it? Those bees just flit around so much, it's hard to get a good shot. You just have to keep trying. And trying, and trying. ;-}