The above photo sets the scene . . . A lovely Turk’s cap lily which began blooming today. Note the small insect on the anther. Let’s get closer to that stamen.
Looks like one of those metallic bees working on the lily’s anther. Let’s go even closer with the macro lens.
Oh my! How colorful this bee is. Green and red and black. What’s that bee doing anyway?
Scraping at the anther with the front legs.
Scraping with the mouth parts.
Look at that belly covered with red pollen.
Still harvesting — even as the legs are loaded with the red pollen.
This is the same stamen — several hours later — drying and shrivelling.
And the same beautiful lily — with smaller anthers. What a perfect example of “ephemeral.”