August 31, 2016

I purchased a new plant for the backyard, tickseed aka coreopsis.

It's still a small plant, but within a few hours I observed a hover fly moving from blossom to blossom, obviously enjoying the nectar.

In the image above you see the hover fly from behind.

And here is a sid...

August 30, 2016

Now that the swallowtail caterpillars have vacated the fennel plant to morph into chrysalises then butterflies, somewhere nearby in the backyard, the plant is producing many flower heads.

And the bees love the nectar the flowers are producing.

Above is an image of a hone...

August 29, 2016

Last week I observed an ivory banded digger male bee sleeping on a prom dress cosmos blossom.

And this morning I observed another ivory banded digger male bee waking up on a Klondike cosmos blossom.

Or is it the same bee?

Maybe it is, and he just likes to sleep on the co...

August 26, 2016

Here is another bee waking up in the Prom Dress cosmos blossoms, this time a honey bee.

It stayed in this position for at least ten minutes, hanging over the edge of a petal.

Then suddenly, as the sun peeked through the fog, the bee flew away.

And  a little while later, h...

August 26, 2016

Here are more images of the monarch butterflies we watched develop from caterpillars on our milkweed plant, to chrysalises to adults.

We feel very honored that their mother laid eggs in the backyard on a small narrow leaf milkweed plant purchased from Annies Annuals htt...

August 26, 2016

Hooray! Hooray! After 17 days, the monarchs emerged from both chrysalises!

We just weren't sure anymore if the chrysalises were okay and if monarchs were developing in them.

Generally a monarch will emerge from a chrysalis from 8 to 15 days.

But, as we experienced, it all...

August 24, 2016

I've never seen so many leaf cutter bees in the garden before this summer.

Somehow the combination of native plants we have growing in the backyard are the perfect menu for these bees.

In the image above, one of them is on a Klondike sulphur orange cosmos flower.

And here...

August 22, 2016

Well, it's been 14 days and the monarch chrysalises are still intact, hanging in the mesh pop-up hamper.

I hope they are okay and will develop into healthy butterflies.

According to experts who have been raising monarch butterflies for years, as long as the chrysalises...

August 22, 2016

This morning I  observed a bee sleeping on a prom dress blossom.

I've seen photos of bees sleeping on flowers, but this was  my very first time ever!

This is an ivory banded male digger bee.

At first I feared that it was dead, stung by a spider.

I softly blew on it, to see...

August 19, 2016

 The backyard is literally a-buzz with activity these days.

So many bees, butterflies and birds!

Above is an image of a honey bee flying to a geranium blossom in the very warm afternoon.

Meanwhile, a leaf cutter bee is crawling around a fennel flower head while a hoverfly...

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