I noticed all kinds of bee-like creatures — bumblebees, honey bees, flies that look like honey bees — descending on some weedy looking plant in an overgrown flower box next to my driveway today. I sent this photo of the plant out into the ether and was informed almost immediately that it’s White Sweet Clover, or Melilotus Albus — also known as Honey Clover.
I had a hard time photographing the bees on the flowers. This is the best I could do:
Here’s one of the bee-like flies I spotted:
And here’s a mind-blowing video of the whole thing:
SEPTEMBER 10, 2015: The Honey Clover (as I call it now) has been dying off over the past week, the seeds drying up and hardening, though much of it is still in blossom. It seems to have been an excellent nectar source for the bees for almost a month now.