So for today's facts of life lesson, we'll be learning about the sordid business of shrubbery propagation. Ready?
|"Otto Luyken" Laurel|
This is the top of one of my laurels. As you can see, it's full of small white flower blossoms. These blossoms smell like an intoxicating mixture of honey and Easter lily, therefore, attracting tens of species of butterfly, bee and even moth on any given day. If you enlarge the photo, you might even notice a couple of bee specimens hovering above the plant.
This is a honeybee gathering nectar from my laurel for it's hive. As it works, the hairs on its legs and body pick up pollen from the flowers. This pollen is then transferred from the flower's male parts to its female parts as the bee moves about the shrubs.
[cue sound of screeching needle across vinyl LP]
Well, that was just a mess, no? Please accept these photos of other bees and butterflies in my garden as a token of my appreciation for your continued readership (despite my sometimes strange behavior).
|Bumblebee (one of many species of the genus Bombus)|
(I took all of these photos on the same day at the same laurel shrub.)
|Eastern Tailed-Blue Butterfly (genus Cupido)|
This tiny butterfly is only one inch wide from outstretched wing to wing. In flight it appears light purple in color. This male is, in fact, blue on the top of its wings and...
...grayish-tan underneath its wings. The wings are also marked at the bottom with orange crescents.
One will rarely see the Eastern Tailed-Blue resting with its wings completely outstretched; it prefers to rest like this - with its wings at a 45-degree angle.
|Rare Welsh Tailed-Blue Butterfly and Welsh Bumblebee|
Never before seen in North America, these elusive pollinating insects prefer the nectar of only the rare Doofus Dewianium (black flower found in my garden).
How lucky am I?!
|Intoxicated on nectar|
|Bombus Corgimus Fluffimus|
What a handsome pair!
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