Wildlife Wednesday: August 2017
Welcome to my garden for Wildlife Wednesday! We have had a great year for hummingbirds and bats so far. I've even caught the hummingbird fighting over our Turk's Cap earlier this month. Unfortunately, they always seem to catch me without a camera. The bats are obviously a night visitor. They swoop around us when we swim at night, slapping the water to get a drink. The first time it happened it was a little startling, but now it's part of night swimming.
We have lots of dragonflies all around the pool this year. I've left them some of the old daylily scapes and iris bloom stems since they seem to enjoy perching on them so much. There going to need to find a somewhere more appropriate to lay any eggs. My pool isn't going to cut it for any dragonfly larva.
Of course we have pollinators. This year have had a wide variety of pollinators, including many of these black bees. Anyone know what they are? They aren't aggressive and just buzz around from flower to flowers. I've seen them almost exclusively in our daylilies.
This year we've stepped up our pollinator game and added a solitary bee house. Solitary bees are basically the superheros of all the pollinators and out pollinate honeybees.
It appears that someone has taken advantage of the house.
Finally we've had some awesome looking beetles in the garden this year. Here is a close-up of them. I don't know what they are (clearly my college Entomology class isn't cutting it), but their green metallic wing covers are stunning. Here it's crawling around one of the hibiscuses in the tortoise garden. Lucky for him, Petunia (our tortoise) is an herbivore and has no interest in him.