Friday, March 18, 2016

Insects Love Spring Wildflowers

Insects Love Spring Wildflowers
Looking for wildflowers? So was I today. I searched along a trail I enter from the north end of Oxen Road in Paso Robles. I found many wildflowers along this trail last year. After all the rain, the wild grassy weeds were so tall they almost covered the few flowers that have appeared, but the insects were finding them. I could hear the buzzing. Insects love spring wildflowers.

The photo on the right
shows most of the wildflowers that were growing along the path I took. You can see the purple vetch, the yellow fiddlenecks, and the red clover. I hadn't realized until I looked them up that the fiddlenecks are related to borage. 






 Borage-and-Calendula, Beautiful Borage Greeting Card




This greeting card from my herbal collection shows the blue borage growing in a flowerbed next to the orange calendula.








The first insect I saw on my walk was this ladybug in the vetch and grasses. 


Insects Love Spring Wildflowers

Here is a closer look at the vetch in the midst of the wild barley (foxtails.)

Insects Love Spring Wildflowers


As I walked I could hear a lot of buzzing. Unfortunately my camera is broken and the zoom doesn't extend anymore, or if it does, I have to turn off the camera to retract it. That's why I could catch only this honey bee in the lupine or clover. It's hard to tell which she is after. There were also plenty of bumblebees foraging, but I'm not brave enough to try to get a macro shot of one. They were not close to me anyway, and they were very fast. They would not pose like the ladybug did.

Insects Love Spring Wildflowers

Below is some of the fiddlehead in a collage.

Insects Love Spring Wildflowers