Tag Archives: Bees

Abundant Sunshine

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I have no clue what this insect is but I’m trying to find out. He has some loooong antennae, though. He was soaking up the sunshine nibbling the lantana.

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Today’s weather sounded more like a fortune than a forecast. I intended to go birding somewhere but made the often repeated mistake of sitting in the backyard watching the birds “for just a couple minutes,” and then it was too late to head out. Tomorrow…

cb-thrasherCurve-billed Thrasher

grackle-girlGreat-tailed Grackle, female

incaInca Dove

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hum-molt-10-3-16Anna’s Hummingbirds, males, molting

verdin-and-hummerVerdin and Anna’s Hummingbird

You can see that Verdins are only a tiny bit larger than hummingbirds.

cloudless-sulphurCloudless Sulphur

bee-9-24-16Honey Bee (with full pollen baskets)

kestrel-boyAmerican Kestrel, male

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The female Kestrel flew in a few seconds later and all the rest of the birds took off. They soon left, empty-taloned.

flesh-flyFlesh Fly

eufala-skipperEufala Skipper

Notice how the skippers, above and below, seem to have tiny little horns coming out of their heads? I never noticed that until today, after years of photographing them.

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fiery-skipperFiery Skipper

The lantana is the popular place to be if you’re a little flying critter. I’ve seen some other butterflies there in the last few days but haven’t been able to get any shots.

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September at the DBG

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One morning last week I volunteered at the Desert Botanical Garden (DBG) and walked the garden afterwards. It was a gloomy day and a little cooler so I thought the birds would be out in full force. Wrong. I didn’t take one photo. Fortunately, I had been there the week before, though, and did get a few pictures…on another gloomy day.

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And it was beginning to look autumnal…

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queen-2Queen Butterfly

These particular butterflies were all over the place. And so were the Lesser Goldfinches in all sorts of acrobatic positions:

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gila-wpGila Woodpecker

green-tailed-towheeGreen-tailed Towhee

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hum-dbgAnna’s Hummingbirds, female and male

gallCreosote Gall (with midges inside!)

starling-silhouetteEuropean Starlings

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Spring is Blooming

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Poppy Bud Crop

Pink Gerbera

At least in Arizona, it is. These photos were all taken at Dig It Urban Gardens and Nursery, close to my house.

Sunflower Bud

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Poppy Bee

Poppy and Bee

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Nasturtiums

Peach Blossoms

Long Purp

Light Lavender

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Hydrangea

Gerbera

Red Poppy

Red Bud

Strawberry

Hope Spring is headed your way, too.

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My Pretties

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Coming in for a landing…

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Total body contact. Those are 2 different Queen Butterflies, above.

DSC_1956Bee on Gaillardia

(Click to enlarge bee and see the golden pollen on its feet.)

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Dig It Urban Gardens and Nursery, a new central Phoenix nursery, where #2-4 above photos were taken. Cool mural.

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9.30.15 feederAnna’s Hummingbird, males

Mock 9.29.15Northern Mockingbird

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Finch 9.13.15House Finch, male

Skip 9.26.15Fiery Skipper

Skipper Brown 10.7.15

Another Skipper, possibly a Clouded Skipper, there are just too many skipper types to positively ID.

Solar Birdhouse

A friend gave me this solar birdhouse. It looks very pretty at night, hope no birdies try to move in.

 

Morning Wins

Fishhook FlowersBee on Fishhook Cactus

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PL x 5 GreenPainted Lady

Roseate SkimmerRoseate Skimmer, male

Dragonfly 8.8.15_edited-1Roseate Skimmer, female

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Lizard 8.30.15Camouflaged Lizard

The lantanas have been buzzing with critters:

Wasp

Skipper

Bee

Hairstreak Chomp

This is a Gray Hairstreak, above, whose camouflaged tail has apparently met with a predator.  “This is a case of a “false head” in a butterfly. While the real head is inconspicuous, the posterior part of the wings bear a gaudy, attention-attracting false head, colored orange and replete with fake eyespots, fake antennae, and fake legs. Note as well that the wing patterns call attention to the fake head by converging on it.” I guess the camouflage worked but now it has nothing for the next time…

Below is a photo from last year of an intact hairstreak.

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Moon 8.31.15

All but 2 of these photos were taken in (or, in the case of the moon, from) my yard. Thanks to the silly Belvita commercials, #morningwin is my favorite hashtag. Nothing like starting the day seeing something you think is awesome.

Here’s a fun article about Carolyn Lavender, a local artist I know, and whose yard I’ve taken bird photos in!