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?


9 comments:

Kath said...

Hi! I hope my submission counts, it's part of a larger project I am helping with, giving bees a more wild-like habitat and raising awareness at the same time.
You should make a little logo so we can add it to our posts and link back to you!

Eco Yogini said...

i love this! I was super excited to see butterflies out in our yard yesterday. :)

Green Bean said...

@Kath - Thank you so much for participating! Yes, it definitely counts. :) I love what you have done. Thanks for the suggestion. I will have to think about a logo, etc. I really want to use this linkup as a way to bring awareness to pollinators and get people outside more.

@EcoYogini- That's awesome! I'm always all a twitter when a butterfly shows up in the garden. :)

Betsy Escandon said...

Fabulous! I'm going to get a post up one of these days to link. But first! I need to take photos. And get my kids to take some too.

oboyorganic said...

Love this - we have a ton of butterfuly bushes in our yard and it's amazing how many butterflies and other bees they attract.

Green Bean said...

@Betsy: Hey now, I've seen some good dragonfly pics on your FB page. They aren't pollinators but all bugs count. :)

@oboyorganic: Isn't it nice to see how easy it is to attract butterflies and bees!

Betsy Escandon said...

OK, I'm going to link up my post with the dragonflies (although Queen Composter says they are probably damselflies -- I don't even know the difference!), but later I want to do a post of just bugs/ pollinators. Honestly, we don't have as many as I'd like. If I could snatch one of a hummingbird, that would be awesome -- we have birds of paradise flowers in the front. All inherited -- I've planted nothing b/c I'm lame like that : )

Green Bean said...

@Betsy - I don't know the difference between dragonflies and damselflies either! I'm posting a photo tomorrow so we'll see if Queen Composter can tell me what it is. As to hummingbirds, I've yet to get a good photo of one. Those little guys move super fast!! Come back tomorrow for a new week of bug pics to link up your dragonfly/damselfly post! :)

Tessa Zundel said...

Thanks so much for sharing at Green Thumb Thursday! This was such a fun read - I'm going to show it to my kids tomorrow.

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