How fitting that during the 2016 Rio Olympics I should finally strike gold after my recent disappointment over a Golden Opportunity Missed. I refer of course to managing to get some photos of bees on my goldenrod.
Admittedly the bumblebees disappeared before I could get their mugshots, but the honey bees were going wild for the stuff. The many varieties of the goldenrod flower are an important source of nectar and pollen for bees during late summer.
Apparently, after feasting on goldenrod bee hives tend to smell of sweaty feet. However, it seems that it does make for very tasty honey.
So as well as being a bright and attractive flower in the garden, it is good for bees too.
I also spotted this solitary bee.