Stuff ourside the house - III

jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)August 9, 2014

This critter was on the milkweed. It appears to be a moth, however it has side wings beyond the upright wings. I watched as it went to another flower bed and was extremely aggressive with the honey bees. It was also strange in that it did not fly like a moth or butterfly, but more like a fighter jet!

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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

A syrphid fly on the helianthus. It looks like a bee, but is harmless. However, it is a pollinator. Sorta cute.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 2:33PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

Also on the helianthus, was this insect. I did a lot of research and cannot determine definitely what it is. It appears to be a bee; however the wings are folded back along the abdomen - most bees don't do that.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 2:34PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

Compare this bumblebee with the unknown insect. Size and wing placement.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 2:36PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

Again, a bumblebee, this time on one of the gaillardia flowers.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 2:38PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

Water beading on the caladium leaves.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 4:28PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

One of the last blooms on the day lilies. It sprinkled a bit this morning, thus the droplets on the caladium and the day lily.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 4:30PM
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anneliese_32(6)

Jim, would you please send me your bees? I even take wasps. Love the pictures of the caladium and the daylily, the droplets make it interesting.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 4:37PM
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mawheel

Jim, we are lucky to have your beautiful pictures and Don's interesting, meaningful quotes. I hope you both keep posting for a long time!

Thank you.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 5:46PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

Regretfully, I seen very few honey bees this summer. They usually are drawn to the helianthus flowers. It is one of the oddities of the past year.

Another odd one - there are many hummingbirds in the yard. They even fight over the right to be at certain flowers. I have yet to see one approach the bright red feeder that I have (I keep changing the water, but still no takers).

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 6:36PM
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