September 28, 2017

The female Flame skimmer Libellula saturata is back!

Here she is perched on a dried up stalk of an orange sulphur Klondike cosmos plant in a pot on the patio.

She is patiently waiting for prey to pass by - moths, flies or ants.

And how do I know that this is a female?


September 27, 2017

There is a beautiful monarch butterfly that often visits the patio and front yard.

Here she is feeding on nectar in a California Delta sunflower.

I took these photos the same day that we released a female monarch butterfly that we monitored for a couple of weeks from cat...

September 26, 2017

Bee Swell is a wonderful website that promotes awareness of problems our pollinators are facing today. They provide information how to create bee-friendly habitats and how to be on the alert for  neonicotinoids (referred to as neo-nics).

They are al...

September 25, 2017

An American Lady butterfly Vanessa virginiensis spent a lot of time on the patio visiting flowers for nectar.

I haven't seen it on cosmos blossoms before, but today it enjoyed blossoms on a new snowpuff cosmos plant which reseeded itself a few weeks ago (image above).


September 22, 2017

Look what I found on one of our Narrow Leaf Milkweed plants this morning.

I couldn't believe my eyes when I discovered this monarch caterpillar and another one half of its size on another leaf. This one might have gone into third instar because it has been motionless th...

September 21, 2017

After developing a mostly native plant garden in our current home, I now know which are the prime plants that will attract local pollinators and feed them at least through the fall.

The California Delta Sunflower plant in the image above is an amazing magnet for bees an...

September 21, 2017

It is late summer transitioning to fall, which means fewer blossoms on plants.

It makes one appreciate even more the beauty of every flower, their color, shape and texture.

For example the nasturtium in the photo above.

It literally glows in the afternoon light.

At our for...

September 19, 2017

Last Sunday we had beautiful weather.

As you know from my posts, that day we released a female monarch butterfly a few days after she emerged from her chrysalis.

There were so many different butterflies in the garden - another monarch butterfly, gulf fritillaries, umber...

September 18, 2017

Here is an image of the female monarch butterfly we released yesterday close to midday.

Isn't it funny how you just can never tell how butterflies respond when they are released after having been raised in a temporary home.

Last year the two male monarch butterflies that...

September 17, 2017

Success again!

Here is a female monarch butterfly that emerged from its chrysalis two days ago.

Today we released the female monarch butterfly from the pop up hamper that was her temporary home.As soon as the temperature was warm enough and we had blue skies and a soft,...

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