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Can anyone ID this flower?
October 13, 2009 04:53PM
Location: Glacier Cyn, September 2009
I am trying to identify both the flower and the honey bee-like hymenopteran








Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 10/13/2009 05:10PM by quicksilver.
avatar Re: Can anyone ID this flower?
October 13, 2009 05:06PM
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quicksilver
Location: Glacier Cyn, September 2009
I am trying to identify both the flower and the honey bee-like hymenopteran


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Re: Can anyone ID this flower?
October 13, 2009 05:48PM
From 'Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada' it looks like Pennyroyal or Monardella. The bee might be Urban Anthophora. (Or not.)
Re: Can anyone ID this flower?
October 13, 2009 09:50PM
Thanks for the info, Strix. I have my answers: Flower = Monardella odoratissima; bee = male from genus megachile (Leaf-cutting and Resin Bees).
Glacier canyon was a suprisingly beautiful and serene hike. I wish I had taken more macro shots along the way. I read in the other post that the hike up Mt. Dana is full of scree. Is it similar to the potentially ankle-twisting talus I encountered as I approached Dana Lake?
avatar Re: Can anyone ID this flower?
October 13, 2009 11:13PM
Scree of all sizes and ankle-twisting potential await you at Dana! (it is still a neat hike and an excellent training area for the bigger summits off 395)

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Re: Can anyone ID this flower?
October 14, 2009 09:23AM
I might as well head to the top then! Hopefully next summer....
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