May 30, 2018

This weekend I got lucky getting images of the very busy Ivory Banded Digger Bees Amegilla quadrifasciata in the garden.

This one is in flight between two blossoms on the Verbena lilacina ‘De La Mina’ plant.

Look at the proboscis on the bee!

It allows them to sip nectar...

May 29, 2018

It seems like everywhere I look in the garden these days there is a ladybug (or ladybird) Coccinellidae.

And what a blessing they are, eating the pests that have also arrived to feed on our plants.

This is an Asian Lady Beetle Harmonia axyridis eating whatever pest is de...

May 25, 2018

Our Yellow Coastal Bush Lupines  Lupinus arboreus are growing quickly and the bees love the blossoms.

Here is a yellow-faced bumble bee hanging  out around the blossoms.

These lupines are native to the Humboldt Bay area in Northern California.

They are fast growing to fou...

May 25, 2018

You might remember that a few weeks ago I posted a photo of ladybug larva on a dried California Delta Sunflower.

This mature ladybug might be one of the larva in the photo.

I was about to cut off these dried up sunflowers because I have new seedlings of the same kind of...

May 23, 2018

I'm a day late posting these images from our garden for the first World Bee Day, but better late than never, right?

This wool carder bee is sitting on a Chiapas salvia leaf, moving pollen that it just collected to its underside to transport the pollen.

 This is a long aw...

May 21, 2018

We are fortunate to hear bird calls and songs throughout the day in the garden and surrounding trees.

To capture these creatures in a photo is a challenge.

Having the camera at hand at the right time is the trick.

But I got lucky this weekend.

Above is a Bewick's wren on a...

May 19, 2018

The wool carder bees Anthidium Fabricius are back, and right on schedule.

Their flight season is from May to October, and since this is May, it's a good sign.

Their favorite plants in the garden, the lambs' ears stachys,  are shooting up stems that are slowly developing...

May 17, 2018

Aren't these lovely flowers?

Both of our Margarita Bop Penstemon Penstemon heterophyllus'Margarita BOP' plants are in full bloom, growing taller and fuller than they were last year. All that deadheading worked.

This California perennial hybrid was discovered by chance in...

May 15, 2018

What a delight to observe honey bees visiting the Margarita Bop Penstemon heterophyllus X 'Margarita BOP' blossoms.

The bees, mostly honey bees, bumble bees and mason bees, visit these blossoms for pollen and nectar.

Climbing around the blossoms...

And in it goes.

You can...

May 15, 2018

Yesterday morning the weather was fairly cool and windy.

It was perfect weather to pull weeds, deadhead blooming plants, and fertilize some of the plants with banana peels and used tea bags.

I was so surprised to happen upon this sleeping yellow-faced bumble bee in the m...

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