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In the Pink

Pollen-packing honey bee heads toward a rock purslane blossom already occupied by another worker. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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)
Pollen-packing honey bee heads toward a rock purslane blossom already occupied by another worker. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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)
Honey bee, packing a gigantic load of red pollen, heads for another rock purslane blossom. (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)

Posted on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 8:13 PM

Red-Eye Flight?

Pollen-packing honey bee heading toward a rock purslane. (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)
Pollen-packing honey bee heading toward a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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)
Cleaning her tongue as she flies, a honey bee is on a mission: 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)

Posted on Monday, May 30, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Soldier of Fortune

Soldier beetle (famiy Cantharidae) perched on rock purslane bud. (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)
Soldier beetle (famiy Cantharidae) perched on rock purslane bud. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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)
Hi, there! Soldier beetle looks around. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hi, there! Soldier beetle looks around. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 8:41 PM

How Grand They Are

Syrphid Fly

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...

Syrphid Fly
Syrphid Fly

SYPRHID FLY heading inside a rock purslane blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sipping Nectar
Sipping Nectar

SIPPING NECTAR, this syrphid fly is in no hurry to leave the rock purslane blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Coloration
Coloration

THE BRIGHTLY COLORED syrphid fly inside an equally bright rock purslane blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Taking Flight
Taking Flight

TAKING FLIGHT, a syrphid leaves its host. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, November 15, 2010 at 8:23 PM
Tags: flower fly (12), hover fly (19), rock purslane (18), syrphid fly (17)

Guess Who Came to Dinner?

Aphids and Honey Bee

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
Aphids and Honey Bee

THREE GREEN APHIDS are sucking plant juices from a rock purslane, while a honey bee is sipping nectar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, November 23, 2009 at 6:55 PM

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