Pollinators, Known and Unknown, in the Late Summer Garden
Summer is winding down, but there are still plenty of pollinators in the garden. Here’s a collection of some I saw recently. Some are old friends, while certain others and I have never been properly introduced to others. Help with ID would be much appreciated.
I’ve been trying to get a decent shot of the Black Swallowtails all summer. This picture was taken on a day that was so muggy the camera lens kept fogging up.
An unknown bee looks like it is trying to stick its head right into the flower of Hoary Vervain (Verbena stricta). That’s not a honeybee, is it? I really don’t know my bees.
Here’s a Bumblebee foraging on the Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium maculatum). I like how its got pollen grains all over its butt.
Though you can’t see the butterfly very well, I like this picture of a flying Clouded Sulphur with flowers of Golden Glow (Rudbeckia laciniata).
Here’s another picture, though the Sulphur is still kind of fuzzy.
I’d really like to know the name of this fellow with the intriguing markings on his wings.
This is a Skipper, I know, but not sure what kind. I found a website that listed common Skippers of Illinois but I still was unsure about the species.
Let’s conclude with two Monarch butterflies getting intimate on top of a Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia).
They were having a little trouble holding their position. You can see a third Monarch behind the leaves to the left. Three is a crowd, they say.