This honey bee ( Apis mellifera) looked right at me. I am sure of it. Then he went back to feeding on wild asters (Symphyotrichum amethystinum). One can safely call this bee a “he” because the queen is back home in the hive. This he-bee could be feral; more likely, he is a resident of a local beekeeper’s hive.
The other insect here is a cucumber beetle ( Diabrotica undecimpunctata). These spotted beetles eat a variety of foliage, pollen, petals, and fruits. Their gorging can lead to defoliation. Moreover, cucumber beetles transmit bacteria that cause wilt in cucumbers, cantaloupes, squash, and pumpkins.
A honey bee and asters, Lake Michigan’s Left Coast, Wisconsin. Available in framed, glossy photographs or mounted canvas prints, 5×7, 8×10, 11×14, or larger. Visit Left Coast Creative on Facebook: @lakemichigansleftcoast. Content and photography © 2018 Elizabeth G Fagan for Left Coast Creative, Lake Michigan’s Left Coast, Wisconsin, USA