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.


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