New species?

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David Dickinson

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New species?
« on: July 29, 2018, 04:13:15 PM »
Not exactly but for a moment I thought it might have been. Then I realised it was a Carpenter bee covered in bright yellow pollen. It could have come from the Tithonia that I am growing but then it wouldn't be on the back. Can't think what else it might have visited with a flower big enough for it to have gone into..
I have a small garden in Rome, Italy. Some open soil, some concrete, some paved. Temperatures in winter occasionally down to 0C. Summer temperatures up to 40C in the shade. There are never watering restrictions but, of course, there is little natural water for much of June, July and August.