Life among the flowers

Searching for bees this week has given me a better appreciation of just how full of life flowering plants can be. Nectar provides sugars while pollen is rich in protein. And predators and parasites take advantage of the abundant prey.

This post is simply a photographic tour of this small world.

 

  Hover Fly,   Melangyna sp.–   DIPTERA (Syrphidae)

Hover Fly, Melangyna sp.–  DIPTERA (Syrphidae)

  Hover Fly,   Melangyna sp.–   DIPTERA

Hover Fly, Melangyna sp.–  DIPTERA

  Hover Fly,   Melangyna sp.–   DIPTERA

Hover Fly, Melangyna sp.–  DIPTERA

  Reed Bee,   Exoneura sp.  – HYMENOPTERA (Colletidae)

Reed Bee, Exoneura sp. – HYMENOPTERA (Colletidae)

  Fly  (unidentified) – DIPTERA

Fly (unidentified) – DIPTERA

  Tachinid Fly  – DIPTERA (Tachinidae)

Tachinid Fly – DIPTERA (Tachinidae)

  Bee Fly,   Aleucosia sp.  – DIPTERA (Bombyliidae)

Bee Fly, Aleucosia sp. – DIPTERA (Bombyliidae)

  Native bee,   Lasioglossum sp . – HYMENOPTERA (Halictidae)

Native bee, Lasioglossum sp. – HYMENOPTERA (Halictidae)

  Hover Fly,   Cyphipelta sp.  – DIPTERA (Syrphidae)

Hover Fly, Cyphipelta sp. – DIPTERA (Syrphidae)

  Hover Fly,   Cyphipelta sp.  – DIPTERA

Hover Fly, Cyphipelta sp. – DIPTERA

  Hover Fly,   Cyphipelta sp.  – DIPTERA

Hover Fly, Cyphipelta sp. – DIPTERA

 Looper caterpillar – LEPIDOPTERA

Looper caterpillar – LEPIDOPTERA

 Looper caterpillar – LEPIDOPTERA

Looper caterpillar – LEPIDOPTERA

  Assassin Bug  – HEMIPTERA

Assassin Bug – HEMIPTERA

  Assassin Bug  – HEMIPTERA

Assassin Bug – HEMIPTERA

 Honey Bee,  Apis mellifera  – HYMENOPTERA (Apidae)

Honey Bee, Apis mellifera – HYMENOPTERA (Apidae)

 Huntsman with Honey Bee

Huntsman with Honey Bee

 Huntsman with Honey Bee

Huntsman with Honey Bee

  Potter Wasp,   Paralastor sp.  – HYMENOPTERA (Vespidae)

Potter Wasp, Paralastor sp. – HYMENOPTERA (Vespidae)

  Potter Wasp  – HYMENOPTERA (Vespidae)

Potter Wasp – HYMENOPTERA (Vespidae)

 Jewel Beetle,  Stigmodera  – COLEOPTERA

Jewel Beetle, Stigmodera – COLEOPTERA

  Masked Bee  – HYMENOPTERA (Colletidae)

Masked Bee – HYMENOPTERA (Colletidae)

 Jewel Beetle,  Stigmodera  – COLEOPTERA

Jewel Beetle, Stigmodera – COLEOPTERA