The bees each summer swarm into my garden to visit the Coral vines (Antigonon leptopus) that my neighbor Dorothy had planted. She was an avid gardener who passed away a few years ago, unexpectedly. I miss seeing her puttering around in the garden. Dorothy was a kind, southern lady, sharing plants, and a cool glass of tea on a hot summer afternoon. Now when I see the bees at work in masse, I think of her. The vine grows over the fence we shared between our driveways. It is a tender perennial in zones 9/10. It dies back in winter in my area, but comes back each spring. A profuse bloomer with delicate pink flowers with large sepals, it was one of Dorothy’s favorites. It seems the bumble bees and especially the honey bees have made this their favorite plant in the garden too.
Does anyone know what that orange and black bug is in the upper left corner of the photo?