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August 29, 2019

What a delightful surprise it always is to happen upon these lovely creatures, while working in the garden.

The Common Checkered Skipper Pyrgus communis above rested on the hedge, remaining in the same position, until the sun was out later that morning.

I was giving the...

August 26, 2019

Dandelion blossoms provide nectar to pollinators from spring through fall.

Dandelions aren't everyone's favorite, they always bring cheer to any day with their bright yellow blossoms. And they are one of the first nectar sources for pollinators in the springtime.

Althou...

August 24, 2019

I was horrified the other day to see the brown eyed bushtits descend on the butterfly bush.

The bush is growing in a large pot, and was planted in hopes of providing a good supplemental nectar source for bees and butterflies in the late summer, when many other nectar pl...

August 22, 2019

It just makes me so happy to see so many creatures thriving around the garden.

Our efforts to create habitat and plant food sources result in frequent visitors, including birds.

In the springtime and during most of the early summer months we listened to the strings of No...

August 20, 2019

Stand or sit still for a while outdoors and you will see so much in nature that you never expected.

I was standing on our patio in the late afternoon, camera at my side, and noticed a different kind of shape and movement, high in the blackberry hedge. And there it was,...

August 19, 2019

A Painted Lady Vanessa cardui spent a good fifteen minutes resting in the late afternoon sun.

The leaf of a Tiger Eye abutilon plant in dappled light seemed to be the perfect place to be.

Although one of the wings is a little tattered, it is still a beautiful butterfly,...

August 17, 2019

Kathy Contrino, NY, wrote this very moving post in a private facebook group where we are both members, including her photos, about a monarch butterfly she observed for two weeks. It always brings me to tears.

"Incredibly beautiful and fragile even in death. I watched he...

August 15, 2019

Look  who is eating dried Delta sunflower blossoms.

This is the first time I've seen a squirrel sitting in the sunflower shrub.

It looks very comfortable, doesn't it?

And the dried blossoms must be very delicious because the squirrel ate several of them, wherever it could...

August 13, 2019

I read today that some monarch caterpillars will weave their silk pads and attach to the underside of stones and proceed to pupate.

When I got home this evening I decided to take a quick look at stones in our backyard in the area between the milkweed pots and the wall o...

August 12, 2019

Yellow-Faced Bumble Bees, Bombus vosnesenskii, have been constant visitors in our garden ever since early spring.

I don't remember seeing so many of them throughout the summertime. Usually they are the first native bees that show up in the spring, and then we don't see...

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December 9, 2019