Friday, June 15, 2012

June Blooms, Bugs and Butterflies

My kitchen garden and vegetable garden aren't in full bloom or production yet, but what is in bloom is frequently visited by a host of pollinators...

Ruta graveolens 'Rue' ~ Common Tread Waisted Wasp

Buddleja 'Butterfly Bush' ~ Great Spangled Fritillary and Snowberry Clearwing

Echinacea purpurea 'Purple Coneflower' ~ Two fritillaries sharing a nectar sip.

Caryopteris 'Bluebeard' ~ This small shrub will bloom on into September and is a butterfly (and bee) magnet.

         Marigolds ~ European Cabbage White
I don't have any cabbage planted this year, but the broccoli (which is part of the cabbage family 'Brassicaceae') has become the host plant for the larva of this butterfly. The leaves might look unattractive, but the broccoli is delicious!

Mints ~ Flies
Perhaps a cluster fly or a horse fly...  I don't care for either, but they are pollinators all the same.

For more photos of June blooms, visit May Dreams Gardens.

9 comments:

  1. Beautiful blooms!
    Great insect photos, too!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!
    Lea
    Lea's Menagerie

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  2. Nice photo's of pollinators in action. Enjoy your weekend.
    Bernadine

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  3. Loved your take on flowers+pollinators. Beautiful photos, too!

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  4. Beautiful blooms and insects. Can't believe you got a snowberry shot that isn't just a blur; congrats! Fritillaries sharing a coneflower is pretty fabulous, too.

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  5. Great shots of gardeners' friends, the pollinators. And your flowers are beautiful. No wonder they come to visit.

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  6. I loved seeing all the pollinators on your blooms. That shot of the two butterflies on the purple coneflower is fabulous!

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  7. Hi Rebecca,
    I enjoyed seeing your blooms and pollinators. I see we have some flowers in common. My rue is blooming, but some of your others are ahead of mine. Thanks for stopping by my GBBD post.

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  8. That snowberry clearwing is awesome. This is the first time I've even heard of such an insect, and that is a great shot!

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  9. You have fabulous pictures here. I love the image of the two butterflies on the purple coneflower most.

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