With the huge variety of wildflowers on which to forage in the garden, bumblebees still prefer the scarlet beebalm for an early morning drink of nectar. In the past few days, some huge individuals of what I think are the Common Eastern Bumblebee (Bombus impatiens) have been working the beebalm. Perhaps these are new queens, stocking up on nectar in preparation for starting another colony.
Her weight pulls the flower tube almost vertical and that long tongue laps up the nectar.
A worker bumblebee (note full pollen baskets) is about 1/3 the size of the one in the previous photograph, judging from their body length compared to that of the flowers.
Even bumblebees have to take a rest now and then, perhaps to digest all that nectar they have imbibed. After 15 minutes of intensive foraging, she landed on a leaf, and then crawled under it.