Still on the Niobrara Valley Preserve theme today, but not really strongly fire-related this time.
No, this isn’t some voracious predator waiting to ambush some hapless pollinator insect…it IS a pollinator insect. More specifically, it’s a female leaf cutter bee. I found her hanging out on an annual sunflower blossum in the early morning. I’m not sure if she was warming up or resting or both?
Thanks to Mike Arduser for identifying the bee. He guessed that it’s probably Megachile fortis – a specialist pollinator on sunflowers.