I was surprised and quite pleased recently to find the first blooms of the year. There were a few small crocus flowers in our backyard, and this yellow one especially caught my eye.
As I was photographing it, I was surprised to see this small creature. It seems early in the season for insects. Is it a bee? a fly? or a parasitic wasp? Since it has six legs, I think I’m safe calling it a small insect.
As I looked closer, I noticed grains of pollen on its wings, legs, and abdomen. Whatever kind of insect, it is a pollinator!
I’m delighted to know there are pollinators around (at least one) so early in the season. In return for the nectar, they are spreading pollen to other flowers which increases the chances of more blossoms next spring.
Hurray for another parade of blossoms and pollinators!