Tag: Garden Pollinators

'Red Admiral' Butterfly

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The purple coneflowers in my garden have opened up this week and the blooms attracted the ‘Red Admiral’ butterfly to the garden.  Of all the butterflies that pass through here Red Admiral is my favorite. These butterflies have dark wings, with white spots and orange streaks. They’re one of the “friendliest” butterflies you can encounter... Read more »

What good are wasps in the Garden?

Today, a local gardener asked me on Twitter: “and really what good are wasps?“ If I had been asked that question a few years ago I wouldn’t have been able to come up with anything positive to say about the wasp. I was stung by one once as a kid and it took one bad... Read more »

Flies That Look Like Bees at Chicago Garden

On the heels of the urban bees in my garden post, I thought I’d share some pictures of flies that look like bees. The fly in the photo above is a syrphid fly. These flies are also known as hover flies, flower flies and bee flies. Here are couple of photos of these bee flies... Read more »

Urban Bees at Chicago Garden

Since attending the urban beekeeping lecture I’ve been paying more attention to the bees in my garden. I’ve noticed there have been less honeybees in my garden this year. Maybe there is something to the whole CCD thing. But the news hasn’t been all bad. With honeybees, for the most part, absent from the garden... Read more »