Posts Tagged ‘bee’

Braided! How?

My camera always accompanies me when I’m out in the yard. I had been taking pictures of this and that.

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Then I found this daisy fleabane (Erigeron annuus). Its lower petals looked like they had been braided into a half circle. The shape was just too deliberate looking to have had happened naturally.

What would’ve positioned those petals like that? What was the reason? (To make me curious?)

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A crab spider was all I found on the small cluster of the flowers.

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The flowers were past their peak by the next evening. The”braided” area still remained roughly the same.

I just noticed another crab spider in the lower flower head on the left.

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The two flower heads in the center created a cute enclosure … it would be a good place to “camp” or hide from predators if you were a tiny insect or spider.

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A tiny bee took advantage of the fresh flower head for an evening snack.

The “braided” petals still remain an unsolved mystery. Maybe I’ll learn more with future encounters … which would probably be next year, since the daisy fleabanes are almost done blooming.

Assassin Bug

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Two clumps shasta daisies (Leucanthemem superbum) grow in my butterfly garden.  They don’t attract as many insects as they look like they should.

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I found a young assassin bug when making my evening rounds of our backyard.

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It had captured an ant and didn’t like my attention.

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The assassin bug was still there the next evening,

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and this time it had a tiny bee.

Wait a Minute Here!

Hey! I was here first!!

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I thought I was seeing things. The bee flew off.

The dark on the monarch’s right front wing is shadow from the flowers. It looked so unnatural.

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The monarch looked just like it does in the picture. I’d never seen one so dark, and wondered if it was slightly melanistic.

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The three small dark spots are insects flying to visit the sedums. They were a busy place!

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The monarch flew to another clump of sedums after this picture.

A Skipper and a Bee

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A dun skipper (Euphyes vestris) stopped to nectar on a purple coneflower.

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Folded wing skippers hold their hindwings out flat and angle their forewings. The dun’s wingspan measures 1  1/8 – 1  3/8 inch inches

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A small bee stopped for pollen.