Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Bee Friends And Other Garden Guests - Chapter 8 - 2017

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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Charter ATP Member Birds Bee Lover Organic Gardener Seed Starter
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wildflowers
May 2, 2017 8:28 AM CST
It's May, and seems like a great time to start a new thread. Smiling

We came from here: The thread "Bee Friends And Other Garden Guests - Chapter 7 - A New Year 2017" in Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum

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

(Zone 6b)
Kentucky - borderline of 6a & 6b
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Butterflies
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UrbanWild
May 3, 2017 6:57 AM CST
Three flies on a piece of squirrel dung...

At left: Lucilia sericata (green bottle fly),
Top center: a sarcophagid? = flesh fly
At left: Calliphora vomitoria (blue bottle fly)


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Always looking for interesting plants for pollinators and food! Bonus points for highly, and pleasantly scented plants.

"Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, nihil deerit." [“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero in Ad Familiares IX, 4, to Varro.
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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Charter ATP Member Birds Bee Lover Organic Gardener Seed Starter
Native Plants and Wildflowers Herbs Dog Lover Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry Vegetable Grower
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wildflowers
May 3, 2017 8:31 AM CST
A rainbow of flies! Hilarious!

Speaking of shiny things that catch your eye...

Here's one of those strange looking bugs... Tortoise Beetle. It was sparkling on the leaf like a little jewel.

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

(Zone 6b)
Kentucky - borderline of 6a & 6b
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Butterflies
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UrbanWild
May 4, 2017 8:10 AM CST
wildflowers said:A rainbow of flies! Hilarious!

Speaking of shiny things that catch your eye...

Here's one of those strange looking bugs... Tortoise Beetle. It was sparkling on the leaf like a little jewel.

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The metallic gold color is only present in living specimens. When they die, they mostly turn black...even in scientific collections.
Always looking for interesting plants for pollinators and food! Bonus points for highly, and pleasantly scented plants.

"Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, nihil deerit." [“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero in Ad Familiares IX, 4, to Varro.
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
May 7, 2017 4:31 PM CST
I think winter is finally done, the trees are all starting to leaf out, hopefully lots of blossoms for the beessoon.

DH built me this great bee house, I showed him a photo of what I wanted, and he did a super job. Lovey dubby I had him hang it on hooks so that I can remove it to a sheltered area under the deck for the winter, then I bring them out once it warms up.
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Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
May 8, 2017 12:09 PM CST
I love that Margaret! He did a good job I tip my hat to you.
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
Morning Glories Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants Butterflies Garden Photography
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mcash70
May 8, 2017 12:50 PM CST
Thank you Ronnie. He sure did.
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
May 8, 2017 8:47 PM CST
Hanging out with the Semps! A catchy little tune.

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Keep Calm and Carry On
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Charter ATP Member Birds Bee Lover Organic Gardener Seed Starter
Native Plants and Wildflowers Herbs Dog Lover Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry Vegetable Grower
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wildflowers
May 14, 2017 10:02 AM CST
Looks like I might have an uninvited guest! Found these eggs on the back side of a calendula leaf. Thinking it is stink bug eggs...

Anyone know if these are stink bug eggs?
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surfing around for a match, I ran across this video of stink bugs hatching Blinking https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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nativeplantlover
May 17, 2017 7:32 AM CST
UrbanWild said:

The metallic gold color is only present in living specimens. When they die, they mostly turn black...even in scientific collections.


Wow! I didn't know this fact. I just love the tortoise beetles that come to my morning glory plants.
"My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird — equal seekers of sweetness. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished." — Mary Oliver, from Messenger
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1 Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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crawgarden
May 19, 2017 9:36 PM CST
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Keep Calm and Carry On
Name: Asa

Bee Lover Garden Photography Region: Utah Garden Ideas: Master Level Photo Contest Winner: 2016
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evermorelawnless
May 20, 2017 2:13 PM CST
Sorry have not been so active for a while. Our neighbor moved and took his hives with him. Will try to do some bee shooting soon.

In the meantime...
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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1 Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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crawgarden
May 24, 2017 8:03 PM CST
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Keep Calm and Carry On
Name: Asa

Bee Lover Garden Photography Region: Utah Garden Ideas: Master Level Photo Contest Winner: 2016
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evermorelawnless
May 24, 2017 9:05 PM CST
Accidental blue bee!!!


central Illinois
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jmorth
May 27, 2017 1:02 AM CST
Bee inside poppy -
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Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
Name: Asa

Bee Lover Garden Photography Region: Utah Garden Ideas: Master Level Photo Contest Winner: 2016
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evermorelawnless
May 29, 2017 8:46 AM CST
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Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Million Pollinator Garden Challenge The WITWIT Badge Garden Photography Photo Contest Winner: 2016
Bee Lover Butterflies Hummingbirder Spiders! Birds Dragonflies
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nativeplantlover
May 29, 2017 1:02 PM CST

"My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird — equal seekers of sweetness. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished." — Mary Oliver, from Messenger
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Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Million Pollinator Garden Challenge The WITWIT Badge Garden Photography Photo Contest Winner: 2016
Bee Lover Butterflies Hummingbirder Spiders! Birds Dragonflies
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nativeplantlover
May 29, 2017 1:04 PM CST

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Immature yellow Argiope




Female Bumble Bee with loaded pollen sacs
"My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird — equal seekers of sweetness. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished." — Mary Oliver, from Messenger
Name: Becky Panetta
Dacula, Georgia (Zone 8a)
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beclu727
May 29, 2017 1:21 PM CST
So glad I found this thread. Just got this bee picture while trying to photograph butterflies. Hurray!
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Name: Jim D
East Central Indiana (Zone 5b)
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jimard8
May 31, 2017 3:29 PM CST
Dragonfly
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In the Butterfly garden if a plant is not chewed up I feel like a failure

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