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April 30, 2018

While checking out the native garden today I saw these two strange critters on a dried up California Delta sunflower.

It turns out we are blessed - they are the larva of the Asian ladybeetle, aka harlequin, multicolored Asian ladybeetle Harmonia axyridis .

It's so intere...

April 27, 2018

You just never know which of the plants that went dormant starting in the Fall are going to actually grow again. And I am pleasantly surprised by what we're seeing in the garden.

In the above photo the dahlia Bishop's Children plant is waking up in its pot.

I had never p...

April 24, 2018

The Tricolored or Bird's- Eye Gilia blossoms are attracting all kinds of bees, and it is such a treat to observe the bees as they collect the distinctive blue pollen from the blossoms.

Here, for example, is a mining bee genus Andrena, of which there are approximately 26...

April 23, 2018

I just love the umber skippers Poanes melane.

They appear in the garden in March and are around until late October.

The image above I took from an unusual angle. 

Look at the skipper's proboscis as it sips nectar from the Siskiyou Wooly Sunflower blossom Eriophyllum lana...

April 20, 2018

The Spring weather is producing more food sources for the pollinators.

And I never tire of observing bee behavior.

Above is a honey bee getting nectar from the ground cover flowers.

Note the yellow pollen covering its back leg and sprinkled on the sides of its abdomen.


April 17, 2018

Ah, those rascal crows.

A large group of them are a constant sight on the wires and cables above the sidewalk in front of our house.

They hang out there because our next door neighbor feeds them several times a day, and observe me working in the garden every weekend.


April 17, 2018

Plants are responding well to all of the Spring rain, producing the beautiful colorful blooms of the season.

Above is an image of the California poppy "Apricot Chiffon" plant producing lovely blossoms for the second year. I'm so happy to see the plant blooming again. Be...

April 14, 2018

Moments before I took this photo, this flower fly tried to chase away a yellow-faced bumble bee from the California alba poppy.

But the yellow-faced bumble bee triumphed and got to the pollen first.

As soon as the bumble bee flew to another area of the garden, the flower...

April 12, 2018

The lovely White California Poppies "Alba" that I planted last year are lush again after winter and spring rains. They are such lovely blossoms, appreciated by the bees as well.

And here are two yellow-faced bumble bees collecting pollen from the poppies.

Here is a shot...

April 11, 2018

The California poppies are blooming in full force now and the bees are having a great time in the poppy patches.

In the image above see how the yellow-faced bumble bee is flying just above the orange California poppies.

I observe these bumble bees when it is sunny, as th...

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