Virtual Garden Tour

Yes, there are all kinds of things I’d like to be writing about the garden. But, I’m so busy IN the garden. Some pictures I managed to snap …

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What’s Bloomin’

IMG_4425Hairy Beardtongue

IMG_4567Hairy Beardtongue

IMG_4423Blue Flag Iris

IMG_4286Horseradish

IMG_4280Prairie Smoke

IMG_4233Canada Anemone

IMG_4439Red Clover

IMG_4265Wild Black Raspberry

IMG_4568Comfrey

IMG_4571Yellow Devil’s Paintbrush (Yellow Hawkweed)

Bee Happy !

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Our alternate leaf Dogwood was flowering the other day, and was just humming with bees. It has a heavy pollen load and was particularly popular with the smaller native bees. Some bumble bees were around, but few honey bees.¬† I thought I’d try a bit of a photo survey of the bees that were out and about on some of the plants that are in flower right now. Some I could identify, a few I’m just guessing at.

IMG_4232Sweat Bee (Halictidae, Halictinae, Halictini): Augochlora pura ?

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GUESS: ??

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GUESS: Leaf-Cutting Bee (Megachilidae, Megachilinae, Megachilini)

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An Impersonator: Syrphid Fly

I love seeing the big queen bumble bees at this time of year. They’re so big you can see the down draft from their wings kicking up particles from the ground or moving leaves. And the honey bees, well they just have their heads in the flowers !

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Bumble Bee (Apidae,Apinae, Bombini) on Red Clover

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Bumble Bee on Wild Black Raspberry

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Honey Bee (Apidae, Apinae, Apini) on Comfrey