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Guess How Many Are Coming to Dinner?

Dinner for one? One and done! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Set a plate for one and you might get three more diners. Such was the case recently in a Sonoma garden when a patch Iceland poppy (Papaver nudicaule) drew  a posse of hungry honey bees, all elbowing up to the plate. Iceland poppy is...

Dinner for one? One and done! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Dinner for one? One and done! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Dinner for one? One and done! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Dinner for two? This is something new! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Dinner for two? This is something new! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Dinner for two? This is something new! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Dinner for three? Let's all say
Dinner for three? Let's all say "Whee!" (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Dinner for three? Let's all say "Whee!" (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Dinner for four? We can accommodate even more! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Dinner for four? We can accommodate even more! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Dinner for four? We can accommodate even more! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Drone Acrobatics

A drone fly, aka hover fly and syrphid fly, engaging in a little acrobatics  over an Iceland poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The drone fly, aka European hover fly, aka syrphid fly, doesn't get as much press as the other drone, the unmanned aircraft. But the drone fly (Eristalis tenax), about the size of a honey bee and often mistaken for a honey bee, makes for great in-flight...

A drone fly, aka hover fly and syrphid fly, engaging in a little acrobatics  over an Iceland poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A drone fly, aka hover fly and syrphid fly, engaging in a little acrobatics over an Iceland poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A drone fly, aka hover fly and syrphid fly, engaging in a little acrobatics over an Iceland poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hover fly heading for an  Iceland poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Hover fly heading for an Iceland poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hover fly heading for an Iceland poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This photo shows why drone flies are pollinators. Check out the pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This photo shows why drone flies are pollinators. Check out the pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This photo shows why drone flies are pollinators. Check out the pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 10:09 PM
 
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