Yesterday, I had a lot of company while deadheading the flowers. There were a lot of bees buzzing to and fro. They were busy both with the false sunflowers (heliopsis helianthoides) shown in this photo and in the cosmos beside them. I did get some pictures of the bees, but they weren't nearly as sharp as this photo of a handsome wasp. Wasps are a royal pain at this time of year, sometimes literally, but they are rather photogenic creatures. On balance, however, I think I'd gladly forego the photo in exchange for a little peace. Never eat outdoors in late August and early September: not around here anyway.