Pollinators Galore

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Yesterday was the final day of 2019’s National Pollinator Week.  While the power was out at our cabin, I took a morning stroll down one of Bent Tree’s trails, and came across a patch of blooming Downy False-foxglove that was literally buzzing with pollinators.  Look closely at the photo above to see a pollen basket on the bee.

June 23, 2019 - Pollinators on Downy False-foxglove in Bent Tree

June 23, 2019 – Pollinators on Downy False-foxglove in Bent Tree (click image to zoom)

 

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Jack-in-the-pulpits were abundant in Bent Tree this spring.  The photo below was taken in early May.  Click here to link to a post from 7 years ago, when there were Jack-in-the-pulpits aplenty.  That post gives more information about the plant and what to look for.

May 4, 2019 - Jack-in-the-Pulpit in Bent Tree

May 4, 2019 – Jack-in-the-Pulpit in Bent Tree

True and False

Solomon’s Seal and False Solomon’s Seal have been blooming in Bent Tree this month.  Both plants are native in Georgia and have similar leaves, but have very different flowers (see photos below).

May 2, 2019 - Solomon's Seal growing in Bent Tree

May 2, 2019 – Solomon’s Seal in Bent Tree (usually has

 

May 4, 2019 - False Solomon's Seal in Bent Tree

May 4, 2019 – False Solomon’s Seal in Bent Tree

Honeybee

August 13, 2017 - honeybee in Bent Tree

August 13, 2017 – honeybee in Bent Tree (click picture for larger image)

“Whereas, if it were not for the cross-pollination activities of honeybees for over fifty different crops, we would soon have to live on cereals and nuts”. – from the 1975 resolution that declared the honeybee as Georgia’s Official State Insect.  Click here to read the entire resolution. The pictures above and below show a honeybee on a native obedient plant in Bent Tree (with the bee headfirst into a flower in the picture below). Click here for a previous post about obedient plants.  Interestingly enough, the picture in that post has Georgia’s Official State Butterfly (eastern tiger swallowtail) on the bloom.

August 13, 2017 - Honeybee on obedient plant in Bent Tree

August 13, 2017 – Honeybee on obedient plant in Bent Tree – Click picture for larger image

Now Blooming in Bent Tree

Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis), also known as spotted touch-me-not, is a magnet for hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees.  The bushy annuals shine like jewels when covered with the morning dew, especially when the sun hits them.  The juice from the stems is said to help treat poison ivy rashes.

August 13, 2017 - Jewelweed in Bent Tree

August 13, 2017 – Morning dew on Jewelweed in Bent Tree (click photo to zoom)