My wife and I spent last week in the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks. We didn’t see any honey bees – Pete said there aren’t many there, because there aren’t enough flowers, but that makes it a good area for controlled breeding. We did see a lot of other pollinators- different kinds of butterflies, flies, and so on.
There were a great number of a particularly fascinating species of fly – Eristalix tenax (a type of hoverfly). When flying around your head, they bear a strong resemblance to honey bees. In further inspection, they have different markings, and seemed much less industrious, preferring to sit our our things for hours on end, preferring particularly we had that was blue.
I took a few pictures of these, and more, which are available through this article on my stock photography site.
If you’re in the Adirondacks area, check out http://www.adirondackbees.org/.