Passionflower Pollinator

We have many types of native bees in our yard and I have always wanted to learn how to identify them. When I saw this bee on my butterfly bush, I took several pictures and went inside to look it up. The Xerces Society has a nice bumble bee guide that I downloaded, but none…

Waiting

I recently noticed someone new in the flowering vine that is twined around my porch rail. She is probably not new at all. I just hadn’t discovered her yet. She is so well camouflaged that I might not have ever seen her, if it weren’t for the large bright meal she was enjoying one day….

Milkweed Rules

Years ago, on the afternoon of my daughter’s first day of kindergarten, I asked her how it went. “Not good,” she said. “There are too many rules.” “Rules are ok,” l said. “We have rules.” “No we don’t.” “Sure we do,” I paused, trying to think of one. “Don’t hurt others… that’s a rule.” “Well,…

Bees in the Pool

This year we added honey bees to our yard. They promptly took over one of our bird baths- spiraling down for a drink and a waggling conversation with the bee next to them. Since it was difficult to have a proper bee conversation on a narrow rim of slippery glass, they left the glass bird…