Pollinator Friends | Wildlife Wednesday


Last week I took out the macro lens to get a different viewpoint on the world in the garden. I wasn’t expecting to take photos of wildlife but once out in the edible garden where the full-sun was during the lunch hour, I came across several interesting individuals who got their photos captured.

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Queen Yellow Jacket
First, there was this Eastern Yellowjacket, Vespula maculifrons that someone on iNaturliast identifed as a queen. Pretty nifty! I’m not sure what she was searching for on the ground but that’s where she landed after buzzing a few flowers.

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And then I noticed one of our honeybees sipping the sweet nectar of the cilantro blossoms. This is why I leave most of the bolting flowers in the garden.

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Sweat Bee

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Sweat Bee on Calendula

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Over on the calendula I was stopped for several minutes as I watched this sweat bee roll around and cover itself with pollen. Must have been a delicious portion of calendula! I went back and forth trying to decide which kind of sweat bee this was and thought it was either a Green Metallic or a Pure Green sweat bee. I ended up leaving it at the family Halictidae and someone on iNaturalist came and sub-divided that to Tribe Augochlorini. I’m leaning towards it being a Green Metallic sweat bee but I’m not a bee expert—so, if you are a bee expert do tell what this one is!

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Also indulging in the calendula is what I feel fairly confident is a Ligated Furrow Bee, Halictus ligatus.

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I think this is one of the duskywings, Erynnis sp.. Since I was focused on taking photos of it nectaring I didn’t get a good shot from above in order to properly identify it and when I did try to stand up it flew off and I had no patience to sit around and wait again. I’ll have to keep my eyes open for it/them again and get another photo at a later date.

I think I need to stalk that calendula again soon.

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2 thoughts on “Pollinator Friends | Wildlife Wednesday

  1. shoreacres says:

    I adore the metallic bees: blue or green makes no difference to me. I love ’em all. I’m so bad with identification of insects, but at least I can separate moths from butterflies now, and bees from flies. It’s a start!

    I had to look up calendula, too. Its history of use as a medicinal plant was interesting. Do you use it that way, or just enjoy it in the garden?

  2. Rebecca says:

    Those are great photos! Love the honeybee on the cilantro the best. I’m not great with identification either, thank goodness for the the internet.

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