|The requisite honey bee photo.|
On Monday I took my tools down the hill to tie the black raspberries to their trellises. The bushes are in voluminous bloom. I hadn't realized that black raspberry blossoms do not have the showy white petals that most other members of the rose family have.
|One of the Whites, probably not the Checkered.|
Various butterflies also feasted at the flowers, probing the nectaries with their long probisci. All of these pollinators will mean many lovely berries in a few weeks. I adore black raspberries and hope to harvest buckets full this year.
All of our flowering plants are covered with multiple pollinators, including clouds of butterflies and what I presume are diurnal moths.
While working the black raspberries (actually, while looking through the camera lens to see how many different butterflies I could shoot) I saw three bee/hornet/fly type pollinators that I cannot identify. So many things take nourishment from flowers.
The diversity of Nature never ceases to amaze me.
These are the three unidentified bee/hornet/fly type pollinators that I found on my black raspberry flowers. Nature produces such a wide array of insects that serve to pollinate various plants. Some plants feed pretty much all types of pollinators, while others require particularly long probisci or some other feature that allows a limited number of pollinators access to the bounty.
Anyone who can help me identify any of these, please chime in. Thanks.
|Fly? Bee? Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference.|
And to finish up, the required bumblebee backside.