This is a bee site, I know. But from time to time I’ll bonus (that’s a verb today) with other pollinators – many of which are called “inadvertent pollinators”. I suspect as they wander the desert (and they do wander) these mustangs drag pollen here and there and all over the place. If they don’t, let’s all agree to pretend they do and enjoy this shot of a newborn foal. He’s a handsome critter! From a couple of weeks ago out in the west desert.
Parenthetically, I think I’m going to become an inadvertent pollinator myself. At the art festival in St. George last weekend, I was set up with my pop-up tent under a tree that was throwing pollen like mad. Had to blow off my pictures and prints several times throughout the weekend…and the top of my tent was a light green on Saturday night instead of its normal white (kinda gray now, I guess). I blew off as much as I could, but I’m guessing that this upcoming weekend in Arizona, I’ll be spreading Utah pollen all over the place. But thankfully I’ve got the good sense not to post a pic of that particular pollen dragger;). Enjoy!
Including this black, thread-waisted wasp. Maybe not everyone. I learned that some say that the Siberian Squill is invasive and that it will take over a garden. So there’s that. Guess it depends some on the climate. They have kind of set up an autonomous zone under a cherry tree here…have to keep an eye ;).
Looks like this jumping spider made a successful jump. She had a really hard time getting the bee out of the tulip. Wrestled and wrestled with it. Tried a lot of paths out. I watched for maybe five minutes and got distracted. Checked an hour or so later and she’d finally pulled the bee away to somewhere. She sure had a hard time exiting the tulip, though. I know photos like this disturb some folks, but it’s all part of the dynamic of the garden – the dynamic of this world. And it deserves to be noticed.
Paper wasp on a Siberian Squill. Lots of those lately. They seem to like what the squill has to offer. Or…maybe they’re just hunting because that’s where the other critters are currently. The orange-ey looking succulent is Sedum Angelina. One of my very favorites. Great ground cover. Today it’s mostly orange. But it can be green, brown, yellow, orange, or even red. Depending. One of the reasons I like it so much is that while it spreads everywhere fast (and keeps the weeds down, mostly), it’s pretty easy to remove. That’s not always the case with effective ground covers. So here’s a paper wasp face.
I decided this morning that phrase is a euphemism. If you disagree with this assertion, ask that bee. Not that I have any problem with the concept, understand… Only with the phrase. Cool jumping spider – having jumped successfully.
Well, the point of this was to post a year’s worth of bees in a single day – on the first anniversary of the bee-a-day, daily bee, whatever it is. Like always, I overdid – and am finishing a bit late. Pretty normal. So…here is a year’s worth of bees and more…in reverse order. Hope you enjoy!