Hear the buzz?That's the sound of a honey bee's wings moving at about 11,400 times per minute.As a field bee, the worker bee lives only several weeks during the peak nectaring season. She can fly...
Mason wasps are strikingly beautiful.The black and yellow patterns are intriguing, but even more intriguing are the mud nests they build. Makes sense that these wasps are called mason or potter...
Sunny Side Up
The warmth of the sun and the lure of nectar beckoned the hover flies or flower flies to our bee friendly garden.We saw this one nectaring the rock purslane (Calandrinia grandiflora) last weekend....
Hover fly on rock purslane
Ready for Take-Off
Ever wonder how a honey bee sees?Its compound eyes are comprised of hundreds of single eyes (ommatidia), each with its own lens. It can distinguish colors, but can't see red, which it interprets as...
Hap-bee Thanksgiving!If you're having cranberries, squash, pumpkins, carrots, cucumbers (and pickles) onions, grapefruit, oranges, apples, pears, cherries, blueberries, sunflowers and almonds,...