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December 15 2016 at 1:21 PM
I love Hummingbirds  (Login utahxericman)
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I know this post is not about hummingbirds but a pollinator none the less. Hope that is okay Bob?

The video on the bumblebee is interesting.


[Bob here. Yes, it is perfectly OK to post this. I just added "Off Topic" to the message title]

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Re: Rusty Patched Bumblebee

December 15 2016, 2:13 PM 

Thanks for sharing this! We don't have the Rusty Patched Bumbles here in the PNW of course, but I've seen similar kinds of disappearances in my own garden at least. When I first started gardening for wildlife here 30 some odd years ago, I regularly had 4 species of bumbles in my garden any given year. Last year I had two. But at least with the bumbles, it varies from year to year which ones I have or don't have.

More depressing is that one year I had a native Mustard White Butterfly, which is supposed to be one of the more common whites in our area. I haven't seen one in almost twenty years now. At the time I didn't think too much of it, but didn't know what to plant for the caterpillars either. By the time I realized it was gone, planting the native mustards it uses to lay it's eggs on has been rather useless. I continue to grow them where I can just in case... So many of the native bugs use native "weeds" that get eradicated with the domestication of the landscape, and we loose so much of our biodiversity through "cleaning things up"...

Personally I think whoever linked the old phrase "cleanliness is next to godliness" with gardening should be shot. The leaf piles and weed patches harbor far more life than the carefully mowed and edged lawn.
Brett Johnson
near Seattle
Washington 98040
USDA zone 8b

Ward Dasey
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Re: Rusty Patched Bumblebee

December 15 2016, 2:45 PM 

What a lovely video. My state is within the range of that bumblebee. One of the most rewarding things about the Palmyra Nectar Gardens is the bug photographers that come to appreciate it and take pictures. One of them had an opening in the park's center last year. Also, thinking of Ron's post about Monarda viewers will notice that most of the Monarda in the video is fistulosa.

Don't worry about Bob, you are safe as long as you don't mention outdoor cats. And hummingbird gardening is just one part of the wildlife gardening subject.

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Hummingbird Lover 2014

Rusty Patched Bumblebee

December 16 2016, 12:29 AM 

Thanks for sharing that amazing video. The photography was spectacular. I love photographing bees, although none of mine can compare to those in the video and none as rare as the rusty-patched. But, they are all pollinators and worthy of our respect. Here are a few pics of a carpenter bee enjoying the Physostegia virginiana (Obedient Plant). The sun was going down and the golden sky, pine straw and firebush provided some Florida Fall color.



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I think he looks like he's giving me the finger in this one LOL

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Englewood, Florida 10a

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(Login Yodlei44)
Hummingbirder 2008

Re: Off Topic - Rusty Patched Bumblebee

April 19 2017, 8:35 PM 

Construction project not too far from me was halted due to this bee.

Seems to happen quite a bit round here. Com Ed just took out some poles in a right-of-way by helicopter so as not to disturb the Hine's Emerald Dragonfly habitat:


Can't remember where I just saw it but protecting Blandings Turtle was just mentioned not too long ago as well.

Elwood, IL
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