Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: The Pollinators Have Arrived!

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Texas (Zone 8a)
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GrammaChar
Apr 10, 2018 1:31 PM CST
Plenty of activity on this warm afternoon; the flowers were popular.

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The Little Wood-Satyr preferred the leaf litter.

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I decided to take a short hike to check for caterpillars on the Antelope Horn milkweeds. No cats yet, but plenty of other guests:

Oak Hairstreaks,

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Gray Hairstreaks,

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Juniper Hairstreak,

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Bees,

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and all of the above plus a beetle and a well-hidden spider.

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Welcome Spring!!!

GrammaChar
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Apr 10, 2018 2:06 PM CST
Beautiful! I do enjoy your walks!
Texas (Zone 8a)
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GrammaChar
Apr 10, 2018 5:02 PM CST
Thank you @Rose1656 . I enjoy sharing them with you.
GrammaChar
Name: Meredith
Atlanta (Zone 8a)
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memays
Apr 10, 2018 6:48 PM CST
Wow love these pics! Makes me want to be in Texas!
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Name: Mindi Hammerstone
Tracy, CA (Zone 9b)
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MindiHammerstone
Apr 18, 2018 6:53 PM CST
Great pics!! All I have seen is one black bumblebee and one swallowtail so far. There's a buffet waiting for them.

I have a plum tree that gets literally covered in ladybugs and eggs and larva. I will definitely show pictures!!

🐞

Mindi
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Apr 25, 2018 11:23 AM CST
Wonderful pictures, Char! You are warming up a little quicker in you neck of the woods than we are over here.

I agree I always enjoy seeing your photos.
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Apr 25, 2018 5:03 PM CST
For honey bees, plant anything blue! I didn't get pictures of the bees because they are not posing, but they are fighting over the borage and rhaphiolepis in my front flower bed. Picture taken last week. that borage plant in the center is about 6' across now.
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Texas (Zone 8a)
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GrammaChar
Apr 25, 2018 5:10 PM CST
Lovely garden, Carol. Lovey dubby
GrammaChar
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Apr 25, 2018 7:56 PM CST
Thanks! Trying to go low water this year as we've only had 1.69" of rain for the season. The poppies and borage have self seeded, but it color and the bees love them.
Name: Mindi Hammerstone
Tracy, CA (Zone 9b)
Dog Lover Dragonflies
MindiHammerstone
Apr 25, 2018 8:11 PM CST
Where oh where have my honey bees gone?? Seriously. I haven't seen one. I see these mini yellowjacket looking things but I think they are eating aphids off of the plumb tree. I don't think they are into pollen. Then there are the mosquito eaters. Lots of them. Two ladybugs 🐞 laying eggs on the plumb tree and one big black bumblebee. And one yellow swallowtail. All I have seen in total!!

😀

Mindi
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
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ctcarol
Apr 25, 2018 8:19 PM CST
Hilarious! I think the bees are all in my front flower bed right now. Seriously though, plant blue for bees. They love blue flowers. That's the color they see.
Name: Mindi Hammerstone
Tracy, CA (Zone 9b)
Dog Lover Dragonflies
MindiHammerstone
Apr 25, 2018 9:45 PM CST
I have blue pansys, lobelia, and petunias. Come on over 🐝 bees!! It's like a pollen bar!!

Rolling on the floor laughing

😀

Mindi
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Apr 25, 2018 10:10 PM CST
My cherry tree is in full bloom and it is usually humming with bees at this point. I've only seen a random few. Hope all is well in bee-world.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
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ctcarol
Apr 26, 2018 3:29 PM CST
Last year there were very few honey bees here, but it's looking better this year, in spite of them aerial spraying for phyllids in the neighborhood.
Texas (Zone 8a)
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GrammaChar
Apr 26, 2018 9:38 PM CST
Plenty of bees here. The Mason bees have already used a few of the bamboo tubes in the bee houses and soon the Leaf Cutters will arrive.

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Most of the butterflies seem late to arrive this year. The cool spring must be keeping them more to the south. No worries, they'll be here soon. A pipevine swallowtail enjoying prairie verbena today:

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GrammaChar
Name: Stewart
Pinehurst, Texas (Zone 8b)
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PlantMania
Apr 27, 2018 10:36 AM CST
Bees are lovin my bolted onions

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Name: Stewart
Pinehurst, Texas (Zone 8b)
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PlantMania
Apr 27, 2018 1:53 PM CST
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