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Name: Zoë
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Herbs Salvias Composter Bee Lover Container Gardener
Bookworm Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers
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NMoasis
Jun 27, 2020 8:32 AM CST
gardenfish said:SoulReaver, do you have any idea what the tree/shrub is?I sure would like to have one, maybe post your pic on the plant ID forum? As for the wasp, did it look like this one?
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@gardenfish Here you go. Sphex ichnumoneus

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For me, gardening is really just an excuse for playing in the dirt. Admittedly, plants are a satisfying by-product.
Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
Charter ATP Member Houseplants Keeper of Poultry Vegetable Grower Region: Maryland Composter
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Region: United States of America Cat Lover Birds Butterflies
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sallyg
Jun 27, 2020 9:24 AM CST
My common milkweed has really spread and a wet spring it is enormous this year. The bumblebees are insane on it, I can't imagine where all their colonies are! Just a few, multiply this bloom cluster with 3 bumbles by dozens of stems and 3-5 clusters per stem.
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i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)
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Bellevue, NE
Ceckery
Jun 27, 2020 9:26 AM CST
Bumblebees loved my raspberry blooms and have come back to my tomatos a few times. I've had a few wasps as well (which I'll let be as long as they do the same and don't try building nests around our house). Had a few dragonflies. Just this morning saw some of the first butterflies. I planted bee balm this year so I'm hoping to get more bees once it flowers. Next year I'll plant more pollinator attractor plants.
Name: Zoë
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Herbs Salvias Composter Bee Lover Container Gardener
Bookworm Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers
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NMoasis
Jun 27, 2020 10:07 AM CST
sallyg said:My common milkweed has really spread and a wet spring it is enormous this year. The bumblebees are insane on it, I can't imagine where all their colonies are! Just a few, multiply this bloom cluster with 3 bumbles by dozens of stems and 3-5 clusters per stem.
https://garden.org/lists/item/...


They nest underground, @sallyg. They overwinter already mated and emerge in the spring, build new nests and lay daughters. The daughters will mature by mid-summer take over the foraging. I've recently learned that there are 1000 different native bee species in the state of New Mexico. 20 of those are bumble bees. Fun Grin
For me, gardening is really just an excuse for playing in the dirt. Admittedly, plants are a satisfying by-product.
Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
Charter ATP Member Houseplants Keeper of Poultry Vegetable Grower Region: Maryland Composter
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Region: United States of America Cat Lover Birds Butterflies
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sallyg
Jun 27, 2020 11:01 AM CST
Thumbs up Zoe.
Had them in dry leaf compost once , left that pile alone awhile
i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)
Name: Zoë
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Herbs Salvias Composter Bee Lover Container Gardener
Bookworm Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers
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NMoasis
Jun 27, 2020 4:41 PM CST
gardenfish said:I saw this same wasp drag a huge spider across my yard and pull it down a hole in the ground at the bottom of one of my pots. Never having seen this before, I just stood there with my mouth hanging wide open! It was moving too fast for me to run in the house to get the I Pad and get a pic, anyway. D'Oh!


@gardenfish and @soulReaver009 I was trying not to clutter up an existing thread so I started another that got sort of buried...check it out.

https://garden.org/thread/view...

Just caught it this morning. Sometimes I notice that I geek out about insects in a way most people don't, but I tell you, this sighting made my day! Hurray!

Edited to correct Soulreaver's hashtag
For me, gardening is really just an excuse for playing in the dirt. Admittedly, plants are a satisfying by-product.
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Name: TIM M
LIBERTYVILLE ILL (Zone 5b)
LOVE Helping Wildlife
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MRTIM22
Jun 27, 2020 8:27 PM CST
HAPPY BEE DAY
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Love farming wish I had one
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