anthophilous insects imbibe
at my fly-up bar.
A few days ago I noticed a metallic green insect dashing through a patch of forget-me-nots in my garden. Struck by its vivid color, and its intense focus on the tiny flowers, I was intrigued! Later, as I was working on my post, I googled my description of what I thought must surely be a bee.
Not too long after posting my “rocking’ and rollin’ metallic green sweat bee” poem, Tom and Marina, a couple of my readers, kindly let me know of this case of mistaken identity in the comment section.
Turns out that the “bee” really is a type of hoverfly. Flies have two wings (one on each side) and bees have four wings (two on each side). Wing count is just one of the differences between the two species. I then took another look at my photos and it became clear that I had made a mistake. From now on I will count the wings and look for more details of what I’m looking at!
These hoverflies are however, fantastic pollinators. The adults feed on flower nectar and pollen, but their larvae devour large numbers of aphids and other soft bodied, harmful insects. They are some of the good guys in the garden!
Many creatures enjoy this forget-me-not flower patch every single day!
I hope your Sunday was Zen!
This garter snake slithered across my foot while I was taking pictures early one morning!