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Photos of Pollinators/Beneficials and the Plants They Love

 
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I love taking a closer look at flowers and plants to see what creatures I can identify hanging around. Whether it's a old familiar favorite like an orb weaver spider, a bumblebee, or something new, I'm always happy to find a new resident or visitor in my garden. I try to identify the things that are unfamiliar to me. As the seasons go on, I often notice populations returning year after year in increasing numbers. It's very encouraging to notice these creatures appreciating my gardens, and I try to return the appreciation by creating the habitats they seem to enjoy. Recognizing these beneficial creatures and working in step with them brings us another step toward a healthy garden system.
Let's share our pictures of beneficial insects and others (spiders? hummingbirds?) interacting with plants! This thread can also serve as a photo list of plants and what beneficial creatures they attract.

Bumblebee on sunflower


Honeybee on a dandelion


A lovely ladybug on the hunt


Ant on mustard flowers (there was a spider here too)


Swallowtail butterfly visiting Dame's Rocket


Not sure who this one is, but it has a metallic green-gold sheen to it (a small predatory fly, dolichopus / long-legged fly of some kind maybe?)


It's quite hard to get a good shot of some of my favorites, like hover flies, but I'll definitely have another try soon.
Who's hanging around your garden?
 
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I love those Dame's Rocket! I don't know types of bees at all, but here's one that was recently in my onion.
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Bee on Onion
Bee on Onion
 
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Somebody round here must have european honey bees, we see a lot in the garden. Some native bees come too, but have proven very difficult to photograph - very quick fliers!
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Bee on dahlia
Bee on dahlia
 
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Working in the garden is one thing...photographing all the pollinators is another. I don't know what I spend more time doing...tending the garden or bug stalking...fascinating little critters. The pollinators here get VIP treatment...after all without them we'd be pretty much screwed. Our growing areas are surrounded by perennial plantings. in the gardens we spot annuals and perennials to further entice them in. Out in the fields ( 26 acres of clover hay provides a good spread for them in itself between cuttings ), behind the pond there's an acre of wet area we've been overseeing with wildflowers. In fall it goes almost 100% to golden rod around the time the Monarchs are coming through. Below our lower field where the creek cuts through there's around an 8 acre wetland. For the past twelve years we've been planting it with native milkweed, for the Monarchs, and over seeding it with wild flowers ( for everything else ). All this yields a diversity of pollinators, ( and just about every other life form from bears to the microscopic ). So here are a few of our garden workers going about their daily chores......
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Section of the perennial bed outside the kitchen garden....does it's job of inviting in pollinators.
Section of the perennial bed outside the kitchen garden....does it's job of inviting in pollinators.
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Overview of the wetland area.
Overview of the wetland area.
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Monarch on Milkweed flowers.
Monarch on Milkweed flowers.
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Field area behind pond ready for the Monarch migration....
Field area behind pond ready for the Monarch migration....
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Bumble bee latched onto corn using harmonics to loosen pollen.
Bumble bee latched onto corn using harmonics to loosen pollen.
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Carpenter bee on Button Bush flower ( I guess he got tired of eating my shed ).
Carpenter bee on Button Bush flower ( I guess he got tired of eating my shed ).
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This bee struck a pose for me.
This bee struck a pose for me.
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Humming bird moth working an obedient plant.
Humming bird moth working an obedient plant.
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Humming bird working the Quince. The quince flowers just about the time the hummers return. As soon as we see buds ready to open we put up the humming bird feeders.
Humming bird working the Quince. The quince flowers just about the time the hummers return. As soon as we see buds ready to open we put up the humming bird feeders.
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Tiny green solitary bee.....
Tiny green solitary bee.....
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Potter wasp ( on a loosestrife...I think ).
Potter wasp ( on a loosestrife...I think ).
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Solitary bee cruising the Monarda.
Solitary bee cruising the Monarda.
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Clearwing humming bird moth...
Clearwing humming bird moth...
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Great Spangled Fritillary... checking out the Echinacea...
Great Spangled Fritillary... checking out the Echinacea...
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Working a Rudbeckia
Working a Rudbeckia
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Cuckoo Bumble Bee among Phlox
Cuckoo Bumble Bee among Phlox
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solitary on Rudbeckia
solitary on Rudbeckia
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 wild area behind the pond
wild area behind the pond
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working the corn tassel
working the corn tassel
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and where would we be without the ever present Dandelions....first feast for the emerging queens
and where would we be without the ever present Dandelions....first feast for the emerging queens
 
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What a wonderful thread! Please post more.  Not only do these photos feed my need to see beauty but they teach me about pollinators and flowers I want, nay need to plant in my garden. Thank you. I am amazed at all of your photography.
 
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These guys ate all the dill! Brought one in to observe the transformation and a perfect adult emerged. Awesome!
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Black Swallowtail caterpillar on Dill
Black Swallowtail caterpillar on Dill
 
Ken Newman
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Well I saw "spiders" mentioned.....I'll bet most of you have never seen two Funnel Web spiders mating. That's right..."Spider sex". I pre focused my lens to get a shot inside the funnel...it was dark in there and I couldn't actually see the spider. I was hoping I might get a shot of him lurking or possibly having a snack. But NO...when the flash was tripped I caught them in the act. No wonder the male looks so surprised and pissed off....damn paparazzi.
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Mature subject matter: Viewer discretion advised.
Mature subject matter: Viewer discretion advised.
 
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We had so many Monarchs last summer!
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Milkweed and it’s admirers
Milkweed and it’s admirers
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I am so impressed with all of your photo's, and a little bit jealous.  I had my phone in the garden the other day and I was trying to get a picture of one of the many bees all over the borage flowers.  After about 30 minutes without even a blurry bee shot I gave up in defeat.
 
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Finally got a really good one today!!

They are most certainly in my garden for the massive willow tree, but buddy followed me around the back and stopped on the cedars, where it was a wee bit cooler than the sweltering sauna that the front garden reached by late morning. Forecast for 23 high, and yet before noon it was already 26. Argh.

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Eastern tiger swallowtail
Eastern tiger swallowtail
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Underside of wings!
Underside of wings!
 
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From today on mustard flowers...
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Wow, these pictures are all lovely. I especially like those of wallowtail butterflies. They are so swift so I've gotten a good picture of it.
 
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Pollinators (and insects, arachnids, etc. in general) are one of my favourite subjects!

The first photo is last summer's milkweed (asclepias tuberosa, I think) with a nice big monarch caterpillar on it, and you can see a bit of my "butterfly garden" in the background.

The next is a bee (unknown species) on shirley poppies, also last year.

The last photo is of a black swallowtail, also from last summer. Found him as a caterpillar on my parsley, and let him make his chrysalis indoors in a little habitat. This pic is just as I was releasing him on his first day as butterfly.
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wowie, you all have some serious game when it comes to identification and photo skills =)
i am more in the camp of follow them around and end up with blurry pics =)

but...
i can add a few here...
butterfly on pomegranate
butterfly on lily

and bee on chicory and calendula
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Heidi Schmidt
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Beautiful! I love these!

Last night I snapped a picture of this bumblebee. He was utterly still... I think he had found a good place to either sleep or hang out just before the rains came. My best guess is Bombus vagans.

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Clover, dandelion, sunflower, zennia, milkweed, Mexican sunflower...to name a few.

Dig out some old photos to share.

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Common buckeye Caterpillar eating English plantain leave
Common buckeye Caterpillar eating English plantain leave
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American lady on zennia
American lady on zennia
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Tiger swallowtail
Tiger swallowtail
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Sphinx moth
Sphinx moth
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Monarch
Monarch
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Found both in my garden
Found both in my garden
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Monarch Caterpillar hatching
Monarch Caterpillar hatching
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Heidi Schmidt
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May Lotito wrote:Clover, dandelion, sunflower, zennia, milkweed, Mexican sunflower...to name a few.

Dig out some old photos to share.

Absolutely wonderful! Such beautiful captures. I especially love the caterpillar hatching.
 
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Those are some gorgeous buttery pictures! I have enjoyed the company of a couple monarchs last two days, but I havent had my phone to catch a photo.

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Bees in a pumpkin flower!
Bees in a pumpkin flower!
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More bees in a cucumber flower
More bees in a cucumber flower
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Ladybug on some borage
Ladybug on some borage
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little tiny bees in a poppy flower
little tiny bees in a poppy flower
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looks kind of like typocerus sinuatus- long horned flower beetle
looks kind of like typocerus sinuatus- long horned flower beetle
 
May Lotito
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Lacewing eggs under nasturtium leaf
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Luna moth caterpillar on maple leaves. The larva is as beautiful as the adult.
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Heidi Schmidt
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May Lotito wrote:Lacewing eggs under nasturtium leaf

Oh how very cool! I hope to find some too! Both your pictures are beautiful.
 
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Ken, those shots are gorgeous. You’ve clearly got a great eye. I just started stalking the beneficials (and others) with a macro lens. I’m curious what your gear setup is, if you don’t mind sharing.

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Black-eyed susan attracts lots of bees and butterflies, that also brings in their predators.

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Crab spider on black-eyed susan
Crab spider on black-eyed susan
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Every move you make I will be watching you
Every move you make I will be watching you
 
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Daniel Ackerman...Sorry for the late reply...I just saw your question this morning. I mostly use a Nikon D7200 with a Nikon 200mm Macro lens. There are tines when something sneaks up on me and I have the 18mm to 300mm zoom lens I get some good results by backing off and zooming in. I use Photoshop for cropping and an occasional adjustment now and then.
 
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Here’s a beneficial who watched me work for 15 minutes...
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20- inch garter snake checking out the commotion when I was chop-dropping
20- inch garter snake checking out the commotion when I was chop-dropping
 
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Just pretty. Love those pollen ‘saddlebags!’
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This time of year my joe pye weed is a bonanza of pollinators:

Alianthus Webworm Moth


Eastern Common Bumblebee


Agapostemon sweat bee on joe pye


Monarch on joe pye weed

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