Insects, an anole, and a fish from a few hours spent in the pollinator garden at Audubon House on Saturday morning with gusty wind making photography difficult as the insects whipped around on the weather-agitated plants.
A collection of Cloudless Sulphur sightings in the Audubon House pollinator garden at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area. The entire life cycle of this butterfly is taking place in and around the garden with different individuals in different life stages to be found. For starters, here are examples of the adult Cloudless Sulphur attracted to the nectar of their favorite plants in the garden. The erratic flight of Phoebis sennae is thought to be a protection from predators, especially birds.
A few photos of a Zebra Longwing butterfly in the Audubon House pollinator garden at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area in Indian River County, Florida. Aside from the butterfly’s flighty nature, these images were also hampered by a brisk wind blowing the butterfly in and out of frame when it alighted on a plant. In the image below note the large clumps of yellow pollen sticking to the butterfly’s proboscis as it probes a flower for nectar and pollen. According […]
A Green Orchid Bee with its dazzling metallic sheen is one of the many insect species attracted to the pollinator garden at Pelican Island Audubon House located at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) in Indian River County, Florida. This is a male orchid bee, which, unlike the female, has an enlarged hind tibia. The tibia contains a pouch that the male bee uses to collect and store different fragrant compounds from the environment. It is thought these fragrant scents […]