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Posts Tagged: Tithonia

A Fly Is a Fly Is a Fly

Drone fly, Eristalis tenax, sipping nectar from a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A bee is a bee is a bee is a bee. 'Cept when it's a fly. Lately we've been seeing lots of images on social media (including Facebook and Twitter), news media websites, and stock photo sites of "honey bees."  But they're actually...

Posted on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 9:03 PM

A Miss Is as Good as a Smile

Praying mantis hides beneath the petals of a Mexican sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Our buddy, the resident praying mantis, appears to be in perfect form. Crouched beneath the Mexican sunflower (Tithonia), he glistens in the early morning light, as honey bees, long-horned bees, Gulf Fritillary butterflies and fiery skippers search for...

Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Our Little Olympian: The Lean Green Machine

A praying mantis eyes a Gulf Fritillary butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

“You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get."--Michael Phelps. It's true. You can't put a limit on anything. The praying mantis, aka Lean Green Machine, dived off the high board, did a reverse 3-1/2 double...

Posted on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 6:03 PM

He Didn't Get the Message

Praying mantis snags a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

No, no, no, you got it all wrong! I said “Please don't eat the pollinators! No butterflies and no bees. Eat the flies, gnats, mosquitoes, aphids and stink bugs.  No butterflies or bees.” Sadly, the praying mantis in our family bee...

Posted on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Tithonia: What a Draw!

A longhorned bee, Melissodes agilis, dive-bombs a bumble bee, Bombus fervides. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you have Mexican sunflowers (genus Tithonia) in your garden, you can expect a diversity of insects--and not just honey bees. Lately we've been photographing all the insects that visit the Tithonia in our bee garden. They include butterflies...

Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 10:22 PM

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