Bees and Butterflies around the Farm and Upcoming Events


~ Grassy Roads Farm Life ~

 

I love taking pictures of bees and butterflies on the late summer and early fall flowers around the farm. So, I thought for this week’s post, I would simply share some of the pollinator pictures I’ve taken over the last few days. At the end of this article, I also give an update on some of my upcoming events and activities.

 

Recent Bees and Butterflies and Other Cool Pollinators on the Farm

Ok, it’s not a bee or butterfly, but I finally got a decent hummingbird picture!! You can even see how the anthers touch and transfer pollen onto the hummingbird’s head as it is drinking. I have several females who are really enjoying the cardinal flower in my garden. Photo credit: Shannon Trimboli, all rights reserved

A few monarchs have started to show back up again. This is a male who was perching on a bee balm seed head next to a milkweed patch. I’m guessing he was waiting for a female to show up. Photo credit: Shannon Trimboli, all rights reserved

I don’t have anywhere near the number of tiger swallowtails that I usually do at this time of year, but I am starting to see a few of both color phases again. Photo credit: Shannon Trimboli, all rights reserved

I have at least three different species of skippers working my wildflower garden. Photo credit: Shannon Trimboli, all rights reserved

I love the contrast between this tiny metallic green sweat bee and the cardinal flower. It was gathering tons of pollen off the anthers as they were just beginning to open up. Photo credit: Shannon Trimboli, all rights reserved

This is another species of sweat bee collecting pollen from one of my cup plants. Photo credit: Shannon Trimboli, all rights reserved

This is a potter wasp taking a drink of nectar from one of my hairy mountain mint flowers. Potter wasps are not aggressive and play a valuable role in the ecosystem. Photo credit: Shannon Trimboli, all rights reserved

 

Upcoming Events

See links for details about each event. Please contact me if you are interested in my contact-free deliveries or in having me give a virtual presentation to your group.

  • August 11: Contact-free delivery of native plants, duck eggs, and honey in Bowling Green.
  • August 12: Contact-free delivery of native plants, duck eggs, and honey in Glasgow.
  • August 19: Virtual class. Botany for Beekeepers: Answering the question, “Will honey bees use this flower?” Registration is required.
  • August 20: Virtual presentation for the Rock River Valley Chapter of Wild Ones.
  • August 24: Virtual presentation for the Middle Tennessee Chapter of Wild Ones.
  • August 25: Contact-free delivery of native plants, duck eggs, and honey in Bowling Green.
  • August 26: Contact-free delivery of native plants, duck eggs, and honey in Glasgow.

 

 



Shannon Trimboli is a beekeeper, farmer, wildlife biologist, and author. She owns Grassy Roads Farm and Busy Bee Nursery & Consulting. Busy Bee Nursery & Consulting specializes in plants and habitat consulting services for honey bees, native pollinators, and wildlife conservation. In 2018, her first book, Plants Honey Bees Use in the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys, was published. Shannon also writes a weekly blog called Kentucky Pollinators and Backyard Wildlife. The blog features profiles of pollinators and wildlife, tips for attracting pollinators and wildlife, highlights of different plants for pollinators and wildlife, and life on the farm and nursery. You can sign up to have her blog emailed to you.


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2 thoughts on “Bees and Butterflies around the Farm and Upcoming Events

  • Sue Ann Barnes

    Enjoyed the lovely pictures. We had a huge cicada killer at least 2″ long on our porch screen at lunch, watching bird and she came by.
    Sue in Jackson, TN