April brings sightings of beetles, flies, bees, and butterflies
A number of these shiny beetles with light markings were active in the garden during April. They particularly liked the Clammy Weed. Attempts to identify were inconclusive.
Solitary Bees have been working the garden all spring. When I am in the garden they buzz over to check me out and then go on about their business. There are several different types: Carpenter, Mason, Digger, Plasterer and even Sweat Bees. Which one this is I cannot tell for sure.
Irredescent pollinator on Pomegranate blossom, very pretty but struck out when trying to identify. Is it a fly or a bee?
A black-chinned "bully" hummingbird, has taken up residence on a bare live oak twig.
He doesn't care about nectaring the flowers because his goal is to keep the others away. He has even gone after butterflies.
Butterflies, now this is easier. Red Admiral on Mexican Flame Vine.
Queen Butterfly on Verbena Bonariensis.
Those are a few of the visitors in my garden over the last month. For more on wildlife in the garden check out the comments at Tina's blog.