Welcome to this week’s episode of What’s Blooming! You can see last week’s episode here (and/or trace it back to the beginning of the season). Here are the plants that just started blooming in the last week in the Fingerlakes region of New York (in apple orchards). Virginia Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum) Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron sp.) […]
Mason bees (Osmia spp.) line their nest cells with mud. I happened to stumble across a bunch of them collecting this mud the other day. These are Osmia cornifrons, a common orchard bee.
I stumbled on a sweat bee nest during one of my surveys. I mentioned these communal nesting bees in an earlier post, but they are so pretty I can’t help but share again! But then… Diamonds in the rough!
…and I love it anyway. Field work is the best…it has always been my first love. In spite of the new obstacles this year is posing (like constantly dodging pesticide applicators in the apple orchards), I am very much enjoying my extensive floral surveys and all the challenges associated with them. I’m amazed at the […]
By the Front Door Rain through the morning and in the long pool a toad singing happiness old as water – W. S. Merwin
Here is a list of the things that just started flowering this week in the apple orchards of the fingerlakes region of NY. You can see last week’s post here and follow the series back to the beginning of the flowering season in early April. Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana) Stinking Chamomile (Anthemis cotula) White […]
You know how I love little green bees. Here is a green sweat bee (Augochlorini) on an Ohio Buckeye.