Hymenoptera

Last weekend, I visited the Flatbush Gardener’s garden. The highlight was the mountain mint, alive with pollinators. I mean, jumping with pollinators: several species of bees, wasps, flies, and butterflies going at it. Here are a couple of the highlights:
Great Golden Digger Wasp, Sphex ichneumoneus.One of the grass-carrying wasps of genus Isodontia.
Cuckoo bee, Triepeolus lunatus.

Notice the purple markings on the tiny flowers of this mint. I imagine those looks spectacular to those creatures, like these, can can see into the ultraviolet portion of the spectrum.

Thanks to my host Chris for the identifications on these. Check out his Flickr for more shots of the wide, wonderful world of pollinators he’s found in his portion of backyard Brooklyn. (In my next couple of posts, I’ll continue on this hymenoptera kick.)

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2 Responses to “Hymenoptera”


  1. 1 xrisfg July 27, 2012 at 8:27 am

    It was a pleasure! Still going through my photos from last weekend. Several species yet to identify.


  1. 1 Blue Wings To Die For « Backyard and Beyond Trackback on August 3, 2012 at 7:50 am

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