Bumble bee season is winding down here. There are still a few flowers in bloom around our house, and a few bees moving between them, but most bees and other insects are bedding down and getting ready for a well-deserved rest.
I now have confirmed four bumble bee species through Bumble Bee Watch, all observed within a few feet of our house. Leaving patches of red clover, purple vetch and asters to grow in our lawn has brought many more insects to our yard. It looks a bit messy to most people, but only if you think a lawn should look like a bowling green; I think it looks like a bee buffet!