Yellow Prickly Pear Cactus Flower With a Surprise Visitor
I saw my neighbor's prickly pears had beautiful yellow blooms so went to get some photos and discovered each blossom had a little visitor taking advantage of all that pollen. This is a bee from the Lithurgopsis genus and they differ from honey bees in the fact that they use their abdomen instead of their legs to gather pollen. They have scopa (brushlike tuft of hairs) on their abdomens which snags the pollen.
Bee (Lithurgopsis sp)
Yellow Prickly Pear Cactus Flower (Opuntia sp)