This lucky male bee indulged in nectar from a yellow bell, one of the earliest flowers to bloom in the valley. Yellow bells (Fritillaria pudica) are in the lily family and can grow in dry, nearly bare soils. Male bees tend to hover around nectar or pollen sources but don’t actually gather pollen—they just drink a bit of nectar now and then while flying around searching for females. Thanks to George Wooten and Steve Dupey for sharing their encyclopedic knowledge of flowers and insects. Photo by Marcy Stamper