National Pollinator Week

It has come to my attention that it is National Pollinator Week, June 21-27th. Of course every day, we should be trying to care for our pollinators, but this week is a week to celebrate the pollinators in our lives. The future of our planet depends on the biodiversity! Only about two drops of rain here, but a nice temperature drop around noon to 70 degrees with a 28 mph wind! Not all of the photos are of pollinators, but it takes them all and I thought they were cool.

Bumble Bee covered with pollen!

A small green bee!


Up for air! Kern’s Flower Scarab (Euphoria kernii).

When I saw this fly this morning I was struck on how gorgeous it was! It is the Trichopoda lanipes, a type of Feather-legged Fly! It is not a pollinator, but preys on true bugs like the stink bug to name one.

From this angle you can see it “feathered” leg!

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Halyomorpha halys) is one of the bugs the Feathered-legged Fly would like.

This is a common beetle to see diving in head first. It is in the Trichiotinus genus, a flower scarab.

The Gray Hairstreak is one of our pollenators! Love it little tails!

The Common Wood-nymph is pretty abundant right now at my house.

I do not know this tiny black beetle. It is on Oxalis (Oxalis stricta).

More tiny black beetles on Horsemint (Monarda citriodora).

The Brown-eyes Susan (Rudbeckai hirta va pulcherrima) is visited by many!

This girl had been busy with pollenating with her yellow cap of pollen. She is a Black-chinned/Ruby-throated Hummingbird. We have had researchers come to our home in years past and they found ours were hybrids.


Even the males that have the look of a Black-chinned were hybrids.

Looks like his wings are on backward LOL. He did not have any pollen on him. The hummers’ diet consist mostly of insects (70-80%) and the rest from nectar.

Milkweed planted in California to help monarch butterflies

Biking 10,000 Miles With Monarchs

I ran across this 2014 article: Car fumes may be confusing insects trying to find flowers

Keep looking!


  1. What a great post! I’m intrigued about the hummingbird hybridization – let’s discuss the next time we naturalize together.. Happy Pollinator Week!

  2. You ate preaching to the choir about pollinators. Any one who reads your blog is aware of how important they are. Love the pics of all f them.

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