July 30, 2018

We currently have in the monarch caterpillar hampers fourteen chrysalides, eleven in "j" positionand twelve caterpillars. We released one male butterfly today, and a female eclosed in the afternoon.

The two caterpillars in the image above are chewing on a narrow milkwee...

July 30, 2018

It was such a delight to discover sleeping bees around our mostly California garden patch this morning.

Seeing these bees at rest on flowers and leaves gives such a fulfilling feeling, to know that we are creating a habitat that wasn't in the yard when we moved here mor...

July 26, 2018

Oh how the umber skippers Poanes melane love to rest on the borage leaves.

I recently purchased two borage plants because the borage we had just didn't reseed. The two plants we had transplanted to the native garden patch last year bloomed shortly, then dried up.

And now...

July 25, 2018

This month we seem to have a lot of Longhorn Bee visitors in our mostly California native garden.

Based on the regular thick bands on the abdomen, this must be a Eucera, member of the Apides group of bees.

Look at those fuzzy legs.

July 25, 2018

This male Summer Longhorn Bee Eucera , part of the Apidae group, slept in the same Cosmos bipinnatus 'Cupcakes White' blossom for several days.

I would see it sleeping there in the mornings, gone during the day, then back again in the evening.

Look at the long antennae o...

July 23, 2018

Oh those funny caterpillars.

These three are enjoying the buds of milkweed flowers.

They must be so delicious!

I know this may sound weird, but the caterpillars definitely have different personalities.

This one is quite plump and growing fast, savoring the milkweed blossom...

July 21, 2018

So we started to create this garden one and a half years ago.

And the pollinators come.

Above is an umber skipper Poanes melane on a blossom of our Verbena lilacina ‘De La Mina’ shrub. This shrub is a California native, discovered on Cedros Island off the west coast of B...

July 18, 2018

Look who was in a cosmos cupcake blossom this weekend.

I was so happy to see this Summer Long-Horned female bee Melissodes robustior.

Look at her distinctive hairy scopa (basket), the fuzzy bright yellow elongated oval shape to the left of her abdomen.

This is where she s...

July 13, 2018

Oh, how lovely he is.

Late this morning both monarchs emerged in good shape.

They are both males.

Monarch male number one emerged at 10.30 am and monarch male number two emerged eight minutes later.

Monarch male number two, on the left is emerging from its chrysalis, while...

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