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Name: Christine
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Oct 2, 2016 9:49 AM CST
We came from here: The thread "Bee Friends And Other Garden Guests - Chapter 5" in Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum

It's time to show pictures of all your garden friends moving into fall. Smiling

Here's one of Asa's bee pictures to start off ~

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May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Morgan
IL (Zone 5b)
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molanic
Oct 2, 2016 10:42 AM CST
I was going to reply on the old thread, but decided I should copy and paste into the new. Not sure what is the best practice here when quoting stuff from the old thread?

dirtdorphins said:Morgan, I had to laugh while reading your last post--yes, the wildly successful 'invaders' really do breed prolifically, adapt to all kinds of challenges and perform better in the overall competition for resources don't they Rolling my eyes.
Unfortunate that they are so often such nasty things, Thumbs down Japanese beetles, ugh
and where in the world did the roaches and rats come from???
I didn't even know for the longest time that our beloved honeybees were the invaders
and of course, hands down, most of what I see are the ever present mobs of H. sapiens

nativeplantlover said:I too only see Cabbage Whites Sad , but as far as wasps go -there's loads of variety here and they prefer the Broad-Leaved Mountain Mint. The Japanese beetles had a heyday for a few weeks then they petered out. Here there's actually more Bumble bees than any other bee, next the sweat type bees. and like you there's waaay too many sparrows but lots of Blue Jays, Cardinals, Chickadees, Goldfinches, Wrens, and a few Hummingbirds too. I live in a small town in Lancaster County, PA


I have been lucky enough to have never seen a rat or cockroach yet. Maybe I am far enough from the city to be safe from them! I do see periodic swarms of pigeons though.

How could I forget about the honey bees! I have lots of them too, but luckily I also have lots of other bees. I've been studying the bumble bees more and have my little identification key to help me. It seems like early in the season I see mostly the Two-spotted Bumblebee (Bombus bimaculatus) and Brown-belted Bumblebee (Bombus griseocollis), then by August it's almost entirely the Common Eastern Bumblebee (Bombus impatiens). I've seen four other Bombus species here, but not as often. I had one sighting a year ago of the Rusty-patched Bumblebee (Bombus affinis) which is listed as "critically imperiled" here. That's what got me starting looking more closely at all the bumble bees. I started some mountain mint from seed this year and it's just starting to bud now. I'm hoping the bees like it a lot.

Unfortunately I haven't seen much insect wise this past week since it's been a lot cooler and rainy. I've been seeing some good birds though. Saw some warblers, several species of good sparrows, and my first Eastern Towhee in ten years!





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Name: Christine
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Oct 2, 2016 11:18 AM CST
Hi Morgan, I don't know the best way either but thank you for moving to the new thread. Hurray!

This year I haven't seen very many bumble bees but maybe they are staying out in the wild. I haven't been doing enough nature walks.

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 2, 2016 11:27 AM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Little hairstreaks!
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Mika
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cliftoncat
Oct 2, 2016 12:22 PM CST
We've had a lot of red admiral butterflies for the past couple of days (group of butterflies = a kaleidoscope)

Here are some of them, lots of tongues! (Curled up in the 6th pic)

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3 and a bee (carrying something)

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Before you get cross, Melanie, I'm happy to post the same to the butterfly thread but don't know how to copy a post from one thread to another... *Blush* Big Grin
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 2, 2016 12:52 PM CST
Wowser Mika! Beautiful! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Love those tongues.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Oct 2, 2016 1:18 PM CST
Very pretty, Mika! Hurray!

Grasshopper

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Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Oct 2, 2016 1:36 PM CST

Moderator

I won't get cross if you learn how to call it a proboscis. Hilarious! It's not a tongue. Think of it like a big straw.
Moderator of the best forum on ATP, the Butterflies, Bees, and Birds forum!
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
Oct 2, 2016 1:38 PM CST
There you go - that's why I shouldn't be posting to the butterfly experts thread! Hilarious! Hilarious!
Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Oct 2, 2016 1:40 PM CST

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I posted it over there and in the future, you should, too! That's how we learn and become experts!
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Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
Oct 2, 2016 1:47 PM CST
Feel like telling me how to post the same thing on two different threads? Hilarious!
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 2, 2016 2:17 PM CST
cliftoncat said:Feel like telling me how to post the same thing on two different threads? Hilarious!


I still can't do it either & need a step by step tutorial please.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Oct 2, 2016 2:33 PM CST
Mika, click on the thread you want to "quote" from here, down on the bottom as if you are going to start a new post on this thread. Then right click with your mouse and copy it. Don't hit finish on this thread, just escape or move to the thread where you want to paste. Go to the new thread and right click-paste.

At least I think that's how you do it. nodding Had to edit my post so hope it makes sense.
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

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Name: Mika
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cliftoncat
Oct 2, 2016 2:43 PM CST
I use a Macbook Air, so no mouse... D'Oh!
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Oct 2, 2016 4:02 PM CST
That's okay, Mika if you still have a way to "copy" and "paste" you can still move it that way. Thumbs up

May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 2, 2016 4:32 PM CST
wildflowers said:Mika, click on the thread you want to "quote" from here, down on the bottom as if you are going to start a new post on this thread. Then right click with your mouse and copy it. Don't hit finish on this thread, just escape or move to the thread where you want to paste. Go to the new thread and right click-paste.

At least I think that's how you do it. nodding Had to edit my post so hope it makes sense.

Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! It worked!
Thank YOU Christine! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 2, 2016 4:37 PM CST
I posted these on the bird thread and I don't know if Asa or Dirt or anyone else on this thread who doesn't follow the bird thread wants to see birds but I thought they might like to see some from time to time. Really this is just an excuse to show my male & female Summer Tanagers because I am so excited about them. Whistling Hilarious! That & I do want to give the quoting from another thread a really good test. So here goes:
[quote="flaflwrgrl"]We've all gone to the birds! Hilarious!

Hi and welcome to the October bird photos thread. Please join us. We love to see birds from all over the world. We came from here:
The thread "Bird Photos, September 2016" in Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum

I apologize in advance for the wall of photos I'm posting but I'm so excited about my Summer Tanagers!

Summer Tanager male splishing & a splashing
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When this guy goes for it, he really goes for it! Is that enjoyment or what?
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Mrs. Summer Tanager
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She doesn't take any guff off of the Bluebirds
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Happiness is having the bath all to oneself
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Nanny, nanny, boo, boo
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And here's a Tufted Titmouse
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The Bluebird mob. I count 10.
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Edited for those darn typos.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



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Name: Robin
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Oct 2, 2016 4:45 PM CST
Oh Ann I love your bird pics! I'm especially smitten with the male Summer Tanager, what a beauty he is! Lovey dubby
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Oct 2, 2016 5:33 PM CST
Green Grin!
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 2, 2016 5:54 PM CST
Thanks for the acorns & thumbs Robin & Dirt. Robin, I'm totally smitten with him too! We've been in this house 3.5 years & I've seen the females a few times each year but I could not get a glimpse of the male. I knew since females were here there HAD to be at least 1 male. FINALLY! He was worth waiting for too. nodding
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



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