We have had an abundance of bees this year, even the
news stations have commented on it. The amazing thing
is that they are so docile around us to the point of moving
aside so we can tend to the flowers. Sometimes they hover
just in front of your head as if they are just checking out
what you are up to.
I think they are carpenter bees.
And they are everywhere on the flowers.
The cone flowers really draw them plus the hosta blooms
and of course the bee balm which you can see here in the background.
I do find them asleep on the flowers on occasion, thinking they died but
later they are gone so our nectar must be pretty good stuff!
We don't see carpenter bee damage, maybe on the very edges of the
deck but nothing major anywhere. I have to say I truly enjoy
watching them, especially since they don't mind me getting close
and taking photos of them.