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

Bees and Wasps and Hoverflies

Just when you think you’ve figure out the difference between bees and wasps, along comes a hoverfly to confuse you.

Just when you thought you had figured out the difference between bees…

Bee on goldenrod
Bee on goldenrod

and wasps…

Wasp on goldenrod
Wasp on goldenrod
Wasp on Globe Thistle
Wasp on Globe Thistle

… along comes this hoverfly to confuse you by pretending to be a wasp

Hoverfly on Black-eyed Susan
Hoverfly on Black-eyed Susan