We have been paying close attention to the smaller pollinators out and about on these chilly days.
Some kind of fly taking in some nectar through its proboscis …
Green flying ant or green sweat bee??
Another Syrphid or Hoverfly ….
This is a Green Immigrant Leaf Weevil ….
I am seeing these ambushers on every outing nowadays. I suspect that I am seeing more out there!
Spreading Dogbane is an important source of nectar for many pollinators…
This might be a yellow water buttercup. I’ll have to keep and eye out for more….
Monet, again ….
This appears to be Plum Pocket Disease, which can also affect our wild cherries:
Thank you Tom .. beautiful and loved your “Monet” .. lovely time of year with so much coming into view to delight. xoxo
We got out into the bit of sunshine for a while yesterday and found quite a bit of activity. The Common Milkweeds are starting to bloom so male Monarchs and Painted Ladies are nectaring. Female Monarchs have been laying eggs on the milkweeds for a week or so. Saw some Clearwings nectaring on the Viper’s Bugloss on the sides of the road. First time for that.
It would be nice to get a bit more sun to increase pollinator activity.