From my nature journal for 28 September 2015 In the last day of summer and the first days of fall, sunflowers bloom in my garden. The flower petals glow golden-yellow in the sun. These autumn blooming flowers provide food, pollen, nectar and prey to visiting insects and resident spiders. I stood and watched several species […]
Bumble Bees are among the very first insects we see flying in early spring. Gnats and flies seem to emerge first, then the hairy bees are seen several weeks later. Bumble Bees have hairy bodies which provide insulation from the still chilly weather of spring. When they are flying around the trees are beginning to […]
Getting ready for the long winter ahead, this Bumble Bee is covered in pollen. Collecting pollen and distributing it is how flowers and bees cooperate making abundant life on Earth possible.
Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa virginica), originally uploaded by donnallong. Carpenter Bees (Xylocopa virginia) have inhabited these wooden benches for the past thirteen years that I have passed by them. They are big bees, flying energetically in the weak sunshine of the early spring. Their food consists of flower nectar. Sometimes they cut a hole in the […]