Spring flowers and pollinators

Roses are red, violets are …. yellow?

Yellow Violets
Yellow Violets

Laurie is allergic to strawberries, but our property is covered with them

Wild strawberries
Wild strawberries

Our orchard trees were very prolific this year. This crab apple didn’t have much room left for any more blossom.

Crab apple
Crab apple

The eating apples were also the most prolific than they have ever been.

Orchard
Orchard

There were not as many pollinators as usual. Although the trees were buzzing in the mid-morning and I counted about 5 species of bees, by the time I got to taking pictures, there was just one bumble bee that wouldn’t stay still for long enough (a second or two) and this red admiral.

Red Admiral on crab apple
Red Admiral on crab apple

There were only a few hover flies as well, though this one seemed to find plenty to eat on the pussytoes that are taking over a few sections of lawn.

Hoverfly on pussytoes
Hoverfly on pussytoes

Author: Eric Lawton

Eric is a natural philosopher living in rural Ontario

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