Posts Tagged: rock purslane
Honey bees in the pink? Yes. If you plant rock purslane (Calandrinia grandiflora), a perennial succulent, be prepared for a posse of honey bees. Our rock purslane is drawing so many bees that you'd never know there's a declining bee population and...
Pollen-packing honey bee heads toward a rock purslane blossom already occupied by another worker. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee, packing a gigantic load of red pollen, heads for another rock purslane blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Unlike airplane pilots, honey bees don't file a flight plan.They know where they're going because their sisters tell them with their waggle dances. Pollen. Nectar. Propolis. All good.Bees seem to really like the pollen on rock purslane (Calandrinia...
Pollen-packing honey bee heading toward a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Cleaning her tongue as she flies, a honey bee is on a mission: rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Gotta love those soldier beetles.They're among the good guys in the garden because they eat aphids and other soft-bodied insects.We've seen them on the lavender, on our nectarine tree and on our plum tree. Last weekend, a single soldier beetle (family...
Soldier beetle (famiy Cantharidae) perched on rock purslane bud. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Hi, there! Soldier beetle looks around. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Aren't syrphid flies grand?Syrphid flies, aka hover flies or flower flies (family Syrphidae), are especially grand in a Calandrinia grandiflora, aka rock purslane. Often mistaken for honey bees, these insects hover over flowers, wings spinning like...
Picture this. A light rainstorm strikes the garden, pummeling and shredding some of the blossoms. As the rain lets up, a honey bee buzzes into a rock purslane blossom for a sweet shot of nectar. She is not alone. If you look closely, you'll see three...
Aphids and Honey Bee