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I am not a bee

Killer on the Loose

Tis the time of year when huge “bees” are flying all over the yard.  They aren’t actually bees, but bumblebee mimics and they prey on the very insects they resemble.  Meet a Robberfly (Mallophora bomboides), a member of the insect order Diptera.  This particular species is commonly called “Florida Bee Killer” due to their preferred food choice. “Prey are primarily social bees and wasps, including honey bees, bumble bees, carpenter bees, Polistes and Vespa wasps.” This doesn’t necessarily make them a favorite of pollinator lovers. You … [Read More...]

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Gardening for Wildlife at the Flower Farm

On September 28th last year (2012), my husband and I closed on our first home, a 1.5 acre property that backs out to a nature preserve and is surrounded by woods on all four sides. I wrote about our gardening efforts last year in an article I called "Wildlife Gardening in Rivendell," because the … [Read More...]

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Little Lacewing Life Cycle

Lacewings are delicate insects that are considered to be beneficial to your garden.  I've observed them in my beautiful wildlife garden during the day and at night.  To the casual observer they appear to be clumsy fliers, but that may serve as a survival technique.  From what I've read, they have … [Read More...]

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Duckweed For Wildlife

Duckweed is the smallest flowering plant in the US If you have a wildlife pond, I'm sure you're familiar with Duckweed (Lemna minor) as it can quickly cover the surface of your pond. Duckweed is commonly found in ponds, lakes, marshes, and slow moving streams. In streams where the water … [Read More...]

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Birds and Other Wildlife

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Native Plants Beyond the Garden

I love having native plants in my garden. Every moment that I can do so finds me slipping into the garden to find a beautiful flower, a hummingbird sipping on cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), an insect collecting food or collecting prey, and to listen to the sweet song of birds. As much as I … [Read More...]

Closeup of a complete Glass Lizard from November 2010

Wildlife Deception as a Defense

Tanner, the English Setter was headed out for his afternoon stroll of the yard.  I saw something over behind a tall cluster of Bidens alba and it seemed to be thrashing.  Tanner zoomed on over and flushed out a Red-Shouldered Hawk.  The hawk flew off with its feathers somewhat ruffled in the quick … [Read More...]

Great Blue Heron in tree at Trap Pond State Park

Baldcypress Ecosystem

Birding in Delaware at Trap Pond State Park, a baldcypress ecosystem. After a wonderful trip aboard the Mummichog II for the Cape Water Taxi Ecotour to explore the ecosystem of the Indian River Bay in southeastern Delaware, today we headed to southwestern Delaware to explore a fresh water … [Read More...]

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Native Plants

California Fan Palm (Washingtonia filifera) Photo: Charles Webber © California Academy of Sciences

Lights, Camera, Action: Hollywood’s Fan Palms

Sprinklers let loose--- Water is softly spraying a neighbor’s yard, and it sounds nice, even though it is only a plain green lawn that’s benefiting.  Well, not just a lawn--- Out the window I see both a tall California Fan Palm (Washingtonia filifera) and a more robust Phoenix Palm (Phoenix … [Read More...]

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Jack-in-the-pulpit

Anticipation Anticipation makes my world go 'round. I find something, perhaps a plant, just beginning to emerge in the spring. I return to the infant plant often. Watching and waiting. Looking forward to its grand finale. This is the story of anticipation from beginning to disappointing … [Read More...]

Chaparral Dodder, Cuscuta californica, Photo @LynnWatson

Vampires in the Canyon

Is there a vampire in the Canyon?  If you were hiking through the Santa Monica Mountains this month, you would most certainly run across patches of strange-looking, yellowish vine-like plants. What is this plant that is laid out across the chaparral bushes as if it were strangling them? Is it really … [Read More...]

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Bees, Butterflies & Other Insects

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Cream of the Gardening Crop: Skimmers

I’ve a new dragonfly at my place.  I was excited when I saw the overall purple hue of this beauty.  I knew it was one I had never seen before and at first I struggled to identify it. Anyone can make up a  checklist of Dragonflies and Damselflies (order: Odonata) based on their location.  I … [Read More...]

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Flowers With Wings over the Southwest

The cooler days of autumn herald the arrival of winged visitors to the skies the Southwest. Along with migratory birds are the beautiful butterflies. Many different species of butterflies! There are butterflies that migrate down into warmer valleys from cool mountain tops. Butterflies from … [Read More...]

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Most Recent

I am not a bee

Killer on the Loose

Tis the time of year when huge “bees” are flying all over the yard.  They aren’t actually bees, but bumblebee mimics and they prey on the very insects they resemble.  Meet a Robberfly (Mallophora bomboides), a member of the insect order Diptera.  This particular species is commonly called “Florida … [Read More...]

California Fan Palm (Washingtonia filifera) Photo: Charles Webber © California Academy of Sciences

Lights, Camera, Action: Hollywood’s Fan Palms

Sprinklers let loose--- Water is softly spraying a neighbor’s yard, and it sounds nice, even though it is only a plain green lawn that’s benefiting.  Well, not just a lawn--- Out the window I see both a tall California Fan Palm (Washingtonia filifera) and a more robust Phoenix Palm (Phoenix … [Read More...]

20140911-103532.jpg

Gardening for Wildlife at the Flower Farm

On September 28th last year (2012), my husband and I closed on our first home, a 1.5 acre property that backs out to a nature preserve and is surrounded by woods on all four sides. I wrote about our gardening efforts last year in an article I called "Wildlife Gardening in Rivendell," because the … [Read More...]

1

Jack-in-the-pulpit

Anticipation Anticipation makes my world go 'round. I find something, perhaps a plant, just beginning to emerge in the spring. I return to the infant plant often. Watching and waiting. Looking forward to its grand finale. This is the story of anticipation from beginning to disappointing … [Read More...]

6 lacewing

Little Lacewing Life Cycle

Lacewings are delicate insects that are considered to be beneficial to your garden.  I've observed them in my beautiful wildlife garden during the day and at night.  To the casual observer they appear to be clumsy fliers, but that may serve as a survival technique.  From what I've read, they have … [Read More...]

They like to land on fencing too

Cream of the Gardening Crop: Skimmers

I’ve a new dragonfly at my place.  I was excited when I saw the overall purple hue of this beauty.  I knew it was one I had never seen before and at first I struggled to identify it. Anyone can make up a  checklist of Dragonflies and Damselflies (order: Odonata) based on their location.  I … [Read More...]

Chaparral Dodder, Cuscuta californica, Photo @LynnWatson

Vampires in the Canyon

Is there a vampire in the Canyon?  If you were hiking through the Santa Monica Mountains this month, you would most certainly run across patches of strange-looking, yellowish vine-like plants. What is this plant that is laid out across the chaparral bushes as if it were strangling them? Is it really … [Read More...]

Frog in Duckweed sm

Duckweed For Wildlife

Duckweed is the smallest flowering plant in the US If you have a wildlife pond, I'm sure you're familiar with Duckweed (Lemna minor) as it can quickly cover the surface of your pond. Duckweed is commonly found in ponds, lakes, marshes, and slow moving streams. In streams where the water … [Read More...]

Calliandra_eriophylla_habit_J001

Flowers With Wings over the Southwest

The cooler days of autumn herald the arrival of winged visitors to the skies the Southwest. Along with migratory birds are the beautiful butterflies. Many different species of butterflies! There are butterflies that migrate down into warmer valleys from cool mountain tops. Butterflies from … [Read More...]