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Apr 10, 2018 1:31 PM CST
Texas (Zone 8a)
Passionate about Native Plants
Bee Lover Salvias Native Plants and Wildflowers Hummingbirder Critters Allowed Garden Photography
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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
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Apr 10, 2018 2:06 PM CST
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Beautiful! I do enjoy your walks!
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Apr 10, 2018 5:02 PM CST
Texas (Zone 8a)
Passionate about Native Plants
Bee Lover Salvias Native Plants and Wildflowers Hummingbirder Critters Allowed Garden Photography
Butterflies Birds Region: Texas Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Photo Contest Winner 2021
Thank you @Rose1656 . I enjoy sharing them with you.
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Apr 10, 2018 6:48 PM CST
Name: Meredith
Atlanta (Zone 8a)
Butterflies Region: Georgia Hummingbirder Seed Starter
Wow love these pics! Makes me want to be in Texas!
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Apr 18, 2018 6:53 PM CST
Name: Mindi Hammerstone
Tracy, CA (Zone 9b)
Dog Lover Dragonflies
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!!

🐞

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Apr 25, 2018 11:23 AM CST
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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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

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Apr 25, 2018 5:03 PM CST
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
Bookworm Charter ATP Member Region: California Hummingbirder Orchids Plant Identifier
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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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Apr 25, 2018 5:10 PM CST
Texas (Zone 8a)
Passionate about Native Plants
Bee Lover Salvias Native Plants and Wildflowers Hummingbirder Critters Allowed Garden Photography
Butterflies Birds Region: Texas Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Photo Contest Winner 2021
Lovely garden, Carol. Lovey dubby
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Apr 25, 2018 7:56 PM CST
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
Bookworm Charter ATP Member Region: California Hummingbirder Orchids Plant Identifier
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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.
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Apr 25, 2018 8:11 PM CST
Name: Mindi Hammerstone
Tracy, CA (Zone 9b)
Dog Lover Dragonflies
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
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Apr 25, 2018 8:19 PM CST
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
Bookworm Charter ATP Member Region: California Hummingbirder Orchids Plant Identifier
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
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.
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Apr 25, 2018 9:45 PM CST
Name: Mindi Hammerstone
Tracy, CA (Zone 9b)
Dog Lover Dragonflies
I have blue pansys, lobelia, and petunias. Come on over 🐝 bees!! It's like a pollen bar!!

Rolling on the floor laughing

😀

Mindi
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Apr 25, 2018 10:10 PM CST
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
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.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
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Apr 26, 2018 3:29 PM CST
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
Bookworm Charter ATP Member Region: California Hummingbirder Orchids Plant Identifier
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
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.
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Apr 26, 2018 9:38 PM CST
Texas (Zone 8a)
Passionate about Native Plants
Bee Lover Salvias Native Plants and Wildflowers Hummingbirder Critters Allowed Garden Photography
Butterflies Birds Region: Texas Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Photo Contest Winner 2021
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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Apr 27, 2018 10:36 AM CST
Name: Stewart
Pinehurst, Texas (Zone 8b)
Canning and food preservation Plumerias Region: Texas Vegetable Grower Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Level 1
Bees are lovin my bolted onions

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Pinehurst, Texas (Zone 8b)
Canning and food preservation Plumerias Region: Texas Vegetable Grower Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Level 1
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