I went down to the park on Tuesday and there they
were finally, insects, a selection of bees and wasps.
Despite having most of the books of J.H. Fabre and
Edwin Way Teale and spending part of my youth
with a jam jar ( catch and release only )
I am still not great with names, I am still looking
through Sibley for the tree as well. (hints welcome)
The first is a small bee or small wasp.
The next two photos are of a Western Yellow Jacket?
I have always just called these Bumble Bees
"Dear insects, my study of you has sustained
me and continues to sustain me in my heaviest
trials; I must take leave of you for to-day.
The ranks are thinning around me and the
long hopes have fled. Shall I be able to speak
of you again ? "
Bramble-Bees & Others
The footnote mentions that after this passage
he wrote another seven volumes on insects.