The only shot I was able to take of this skipper on lavender.
Pretty sure this is Pogonomyrmex. I guess they're widely distributed, but I think this is the first time I've seen it outside of the desert. Numerous workers actively harvesting stuff in the day.Was hoping the thing sticking off the underside of the petiole would be diagnostic to species. Haven't found a key yet.
Maybe Lepidanthrax. Was certainly smaller than the other one I observed, which I'm pretty sure is Exoprosopa.
Actively feeding on the heliotrope, somewhat bigger and less abundant than the other bee flies present.