Roses forum: It's Buggy Time!

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Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
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Skiekitty
Jun 23, 2011 5:43 PM CST
Caught a couple of cute pictures.

Bee in a bluebell
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Orange on Orange... a ladybug in an Gingersnap
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Name: Mike
Long Beach, Ca.
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Calsurf73
Jun 27, 2011 11:20 PM CST
Great pictures. I love seeing bees and other (good) insects in flowers.
I've currently got one foxglove that a group of those giant black bee's are crazy about. The flower stalk leans from left to right like a metronome when they're all feasting on it at the same time...back and forth, back and forth. Tried taking pictures of it but they came out blurry. Why they like that one particular plant is a mystery...they don't seem to want to be bothered with the other foxgloves in the garden.
Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Charter ATP Member Irises Salvias Xeriscape Birds I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Procrastinator The WITWIT Badge Region: Colorado Enjoys or suffers cold winters Cat Lover
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Skiekitty
Jun 28, 2011 8:26 AM CST
Mike - WAHAHAHAH! I wish you could get a video of that.. it definitely would go viral in a heartbeat! And what giant black bees? Only black "bees" I know of (or I've seen) are these icky wasp-looking insects that look totally evil, but I don't kill them because I don't know if they're "good" or "bad". I leave 'em all alone for the most part except for hornets.. I'll take out a hornet in a heartbeat as I don't need/want a 5th hornets nest next to my house again!

And I see why I'm getting so many ladybugs (well, not enough to suit me, personally).. I've got aphids again. Bleh.

EDIT: Did a 3 second google search, looks like my black wasps are actually Sphex pennsylvanicus, Giant Black Wasps. And I was right to fear them, they've got a pretty nasty sting. But I still won't kill them as they eat grasshoppers & caterpillers, which is good for me. Less grasshoppers means less of my roses will get eaten! http://en.allexperts.com/q/Entomology-Study-Bugs-665/2009/8/...
Roses are one of my passions! Just opened, my Etsy shop (to fund my rose hobby)! http://www.etsy.com/shop/TweetsnTreats
Name: Steve
Prescott, AZ (Zone 7b)
Region: Southwest Gardening Roses
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Steve812
Jul 3, 2011 10:59 AM CST
Buzzing insects and their fads can be interesting. When my salvia nemerosa May Night was in bloom, I could hear the buzzing from fifty feet away. There were so many bees I feared going much closer. Six weeks later when a blue version of salvia nemerosa is in full bloom, hardly a bee is to be found. Not complaining, though.

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