Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

Metallic green meets magenta

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I photographed this little sweat bee (yes, there is such a thing) on a Texas thistle at Tejas Camp in Williamson County on May 15, 2011. There’s a good chance this insect is Augochloropsis metallica. There’s also a good chance you’ll find this as appealing a combination of colors as the last one in these pages that included a Texas thistle.

I take a lot of pictures, and although I remember many of them I can’t remember them all. Only while browsing my archives some weeks ago did I rediscover this one, which I’m grateful my year-younger self had the good sense to take.


Posted a year ago on this date: patterns and textures different from those above, as seen on a sunflower stalk.


The daily posts that you’ve become accustomed to will continue while I’m away from Austin. Feel free to comment if you like, but please be aware that I may not be able to answer for a while.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 23, 2012 at 5:59 AM

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  1. Wow Steve, you continually amaze me every day. This photo is absolutely amazing!! The colours and details are incredible :).


    June 23, 2012 at 7:08 AM

  2. C’est la première fois que je vois un insecte de cette couleur. Il est superbe et en plus il a eu la délicatesse de choisir une fleur ayant unecouleur tout aussi éclatante que la sienne.


    June 23, 2012 at 7:29 AM

    • Je vois des insectes de cette couleur assez fréquemment au Texas, et quant aux chardons, tu les as déjà vus dans ces pages. Comme toi, j’aime cette combinaison de couleurs.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 23, 2012 at 10:54 PM

  3. What a shot! Beautiful clarity and color contrast.


    June 23, 2012 at 7:44 AM

  4. How lovely — as mentioned, such perfect contrast!


    June 23, 2012 at 8:10 AM

  5. We love taking pictures of these pretty little bees. Gorgeous photo!


    June 23, 2012 at 8:25 AM

  6. I just moved from the Portland, Oregon area, to Round Rock, TX . . . mesmerized by the different array of flowers, trees and plants! Love the photo!!


    June 23, 2012 at 9:18 AM

  7. I have tried to get a decent shot of this little bee myself but my lack of skill has left me wanting of better results. Now I know where to go when I need inspired to try a little harder.
    Great shot of what I personally feel is the most beautiful flying insect in my realm of being!

    The Jagged Man

    June 23, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    • I’m glad to hear you’re so fond of these pretty little bees. I couldn’t get a picture like this without a macro lens.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 23, 2012 at 10:59 PM

  8. I’ve been spending more time in Louisiana than I realized. The first thing that came to mind was Mardi Gras – the purple, gold and green of the beads, the King Cake, the costumes. It’s a beautiful photo, and a real celebration of nature no matter what the season.


    June 23, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    • Thanks for pointing out the Mardi Gras connection. I’ve seen nothing that colorful in New Jersey today, though the view of Manhattan across the river was pretty.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 23, 2012 at 11:03 PM

  9. So that’s what a sweat bee looks like magnified – who knew they were so beautiful?

    Jo Ann Abell

    June 23, 2012 at 10:07 AM

  10. Gorgeous.

  11. Wonderful… Thanks for bringing this little fellow to my attention.


    June 23, 2012 at 3:05 PM

  12. Cool Photo – Happy Saturday:)


    June 23, 2012 at 4:35 PM

  13. The colors and detail are just AMAZING!!!


    June 23, 2012 at 9:04 PM

  14. Ein wirklich hübscher Käfer 😉


    June 24, 2012 at 7:58 AM

  15. I find those colors exceptionally attractive! Great shot!


    June 24, 2012 at 11:40 PM

  16. Wow this is terrific!!! Good memory recall Steve!!!


    June 28, 2012 at 2:13 PM

  17. […] Schwartzman, the author of a blog I follow called Portraits of Wildflowers, had posted an amazing shot of this cool little bee that I dig. My Sp350 did a good job of […]

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