garden pollinators


While I’m weeding in my garden these days the sound of little wings is so loud! (That and the sound of my sweat dripping in this heat wave…)

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I have heard there are thousands of native bees and other pollinators in New England. I bet many are tiny. As I look around for pollinators to photograph, I see many are really small. I notice bees, wasps, flies and butterflies. I know the flies have big eyes, and bees have smaller eyes, and wasps have waists (in general – except for the exceptions).

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Sometimes its hard to get a photo of just one pollinator!
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Most of my pollinator photos ended up being on the little yellow dill flowers. I’ve read that these are great to have in the garden as they attract beneficial insects. I let the dill come up where it self seeds from the previous year – all over the garden. Some pollinators were also on borage, echinacia, daisies and Johnny-jump-ups. If you want a plant that attracts pollinators, walk through a local nursery and select the plant with the most bees on it!

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I need to ask our local bee keepers about their honey bees this year. We have four set of boxes near our community gardens where I took these photos. In previous years, it seems I have seen more honey bees in my garden. On the day I took these pictures, I only saw one honey bee (though a really nice one who got the number one photo spot!) among at least ten or twenty other types of bees.

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