Sunday, June 29, 2014

Spot The Pollinator #7

It must be native plant week, I realize, because all of my pollinator pictures this week feature a pollinator enjoys California natives.  But you can share your photos of pollinators - or other insects - on any plant.  :)

Link up is below or use the hashtag #spotthepollinator on social media.

Common buckeye butterfly on California buckeye

Carpenter bee on Cleveland Sage 

Itty bitty bee on California poppy.

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Spot The Pollinator #6

Welcome to another week of Spot The Pollinator.  This Great American Backyard Campout is this week and what better excuse to hand your kids a camera and send them out into the back - or front - yard to snap some photos of bees, butterflies and all other kinds of insects.  This is a great way to get kids to connect with nature - and frankly, fun for adults too!

Please link up your photos or share on social media with the #spotthepollinator hashtag.  Now get buggy with it!

Bee on a Scabiosa flower.  Anyone know what kind of bee?

Red skimmer dragonfly - not a pollinator but a garden friend.

European paper wasp (I think) on a borage stem. 

Tiny fly on yarrow.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Why Every Garden Needs Sunflowers

Who doesn't love sunflowers?  They emit happiness, their bright yellow faces turning with the sun.  Their sturdy stocks raising them above the hubbub of the garden.

But as much as sunflowers cheer us, they do much much more!

Even when they are a tad more than a seedling, the dark green leaves of sunflowers stretch out, enticing small birds - finches, tanagers - to feast.

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Spot the Pollinator #5

It's Pollinator Week, people!! Woohoo.  What better way to share your love of these hard working bugs than to link up and share your photos.  If you are on social media, use the hashtag #SpotThePollinator.

This week, my garden has been heavy on the butterflies.  Personally, though, I find butterflies to be the most difficult pollinators to photograph.  They are just too quick!

Cabbage White Butterfly on Summer Squash

Common Buckeye on Scabiosa

Painted Lady butterfly, I think, though it is hard to tell with the tattered wings.

And, while not a butterfly there are three busy pollinators on these blanket flowers. Can you spot them all?

This post is part of the Homestead Barn Hop and Maple Hill Hop.

Please link up and share your pollinator love.  Feel free to grab the button for this weekly post:

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Spot the Pollinator #4

Welcome to the 4th week of Spot the Pollinator, a linkup where you can share your pollinator - and other insect - photos.  Taking photos of bugs is a great way to get outside, slow down, appreciate the base of the food chain, and develop some photog skilz.  Plus, its fun for kids and adults!

Please link up your blog below or share your photos with the hashtag #spotthepollinator.  Check out the blogs linked below. Let's spread some buggy love!

Birds aren't the only ones who use bird baths.  Bird baths are ideal for pollinators given the gently sloped sides.  Pollinators of all sorts regularly visit all of my bird baths.

Are damselflies pollinators?  Nope! They are hugely beneficial insects but they do not pollinate.

Honey bee on a blanket flower - these flowers remind me of a sunrise. 

Not as flashy as a butterfly, this moth is still an excellent pollinator.

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This post is part of the Homestead Barn Hop.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Spot the Pollinator #3

This is my new weekly segment.  The goal is to get folks - kids and adults - outside with a camera to take photos of pollinators - and other insects.  

Why pollinators? Not only because so much of what we eat and enjoy in our landscapes is due to pollinators but because pollinators are easy to photograph.  Butterflies aside, they are so busy pollinating, most bees and flies don't even notice your camera.  

My week's photos are below.  Please add yours through the link up below and check out the existing link ups.  I was thrilled to have two young bloggers - Wild West Gardeners and Animal Justice participate.

Western Tailed Blue

Common Buckeye on yarrow

Yes, flies count as pollinators! Look how pretty they are up close.

How many pollinators can you spot on this carrot flower?


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