June 29, 2020

How sweet.

Yesterday morning I discovered these two Yellow-faced bumble bees Bombus vosnesenskii  asleep on separate nude buckwheat  Eriogonum nudum flower heads.

It was cloudy with fog most of the day, with a cold, relentless wind.

The flower heads swayed back and forth...

June 22, 2020

On days with higher temperatures the butterflies seem to appear everywhere.

This is a Variable Checkerspot Euphydryas chalcedona sipping on dandelion nectar in our front yard. I was cutting dried up California poppy stems, and suddenly this butterfly appeared right next...

June 18, 2020

Oh what a wondrous sight!

Yesterday the first monarch, a female, emerged from her chrysalis.

The day before I noticed that the chrysalis was suddenly very dark, but I thought it would take at least another full day for the monarch to emerge.

Around 2.30 in the afternoon...

June 17, 2020

Currently there are at least four monarch chrysalides around the patio, all within the vicinity of the potted milkweed plants, where they were born and fed on the leaves.

The chrysalides aren't usually immediately noticeable, and once we see them, they are a wonder to b...

June 15, 2020

Oh my, how voracious the monarch caterpillars can be.

Our milkweed plants are all in pots, but a Davis Showy Milkweed decided to grow up right outside of the pot, and in no time the monarch caterpillars found it, although Mama Monarch laid just one egg on it.

These two a...

June 8, 2020

You just never know what you'll discover in the garden, early in the morning.

I was checking the water in the bird bath, and happened to glance over at the Cuphea Minnie Mouse, and saw these two sleeping yellow-faced bumblebees.

It's so hard to fathom how firm the bees'...

June 4, 2020

The lovely Gilia tricolor“Bird's Eyes” popped up in the garden again this spring.

However, because we didn't have much rain in the winter and early spring, there weren't as many that reseeded as in the previous two years.

They always are so lovely, as they flutter in the...

June 2, 2020

Other native plants are blooming, and the bees are visiting them.

This is a Cameo Yarrow Achillea millefolium 'Cameo' flower head, with a female sweat bee enjoying the nectar. I haven't spotted any butterflies visiting the yarrow blossoms yet. Hopefully hairstreak and...

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