Pollinators

Inspired by the class today, I created a slideshow of some of the pollinators photographed over the years, to share with those who may be interested, and to expand upon a few of the places I mentioned. Below the slideshow link, are links to three previous, possibly relevant posts — comments under the first post about nectar robbers are interesting. Links to really good Flickr streams that occasionally cover this topic are next, followed by location maps for a few items.

Pollinator Slideshow – comments on the photos in order of appearance.
  • Manzanita – the first few photos are of pollinators seen at flowering Manzanita at the beginning of a year. Bee Fly, two small colorful moths, Brown Elfin, California Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady.
  • Fiddleneck/Sara’s Orangetip – one of the earliest flowers, with one of the earliest butterflies, Sara’s Orangetip.
  • Deerweed – also starts flowering early, and blooms for a long time. One of the earliest butterflies is Bramble Hairstreak that I have seen only on Deerweed (on More Mesa near the cliffs when I have gone out early in the year).
  • Golden Yarrow – very popular butterfly flower, especially with Variable Checkerspot. I once saw about a dozen Checkerspot on a couple plants close to each other, on west West Camino Cielo.
  • Wallflower is a popular butterfly plant. Not too many photos.
  • Buckwheat. Lots of photos of pollinators on Buckwheat, of which there are three kinds in this slideshow  – seen on More Mesa Cliff/Dune E. parviflorum, seen on Figueroa Mountain E. fasciluatum, seen on East Camino Cielo E. foliosum.
  • I have seen a few pollinators on Gum Plant, but only photographed an interesting moth.
  • Milkweed – lots of butterflies, and many bugs, some of which are called Milkweed Bugs.
  • Bush Senecio – a very popular plant towards the end of the year, when few other flower.
  • Scale Broom – a very popular plant towards the end of the year, when few other flower.
  • White Leaf Monardella – grows in two places that I know about on East Camino Cielo, and the flowers were visited by a wide variety of butterflies and insects. (I called it a nectar bar.)
  • Swallowtails – they seem to visit a number of different plants.
  • Hawk & Sphinx Moths – seen at East Camino Cielo, Ranger Peak, Santa Barbara Island, SBBG (Hummingbird Sage photo).
  • Woodland Skipper on Vinegar Weed at the end of September, just after the Blue Oak canopy on Figueroa Mtn Road.
  • Ceanothus insects, followed by an assortment of bees, bugs, humingbirds.
  • Click Slideshow PLEASE turn off Embiggen, under Options at the top of the screen. To see titles, click Show Info.
Three posts about pollinators and plants
Excellent Flickr Photostreams
Map locations on iNaturalist (change mode to “Satellite” for higher zoom)

(Another good use for iNaturalist observations – the URL has the map location as well.)

Buckbrush Ceanothus
Buckbrush Ceanothus on Happy Canyon Road between the old campground and Cachuma Saddle, March 13, 2010. Click image to display original on Flickr.

Buckbrush Ceanothus
Buckbrush Ceanothus on Sunset Valley Road, before and after the second descent, on the north-facing mountain, March 13, 2010. Imagine how many insects are there, far away from human poisons and interference. Not only do the protected areas protect water supply, but also pollinators. Click image to display original on Flickr.

ADDENDUM: Just came across this awesome Flickr site: USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Laboratory’s photostream
The USGS Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Program designs and develops large and small scale surveys for native bees. As part of that program we also develop identification tools and keys for native bee species. One aspect of creating those tools is creating accurate and detailed pictures of native bees and the plants and insects they interact with. This site is designed to provide easy access to our photographs so that they may be freely used. There is no need to ask for our permission for any use of these photographs. However, if you would like to have the original TIF files we would be glad to supply them to you. Please contact Sam Droege for further information at sdroege@usgs.gov or or 301-497-5840 or visit our website at: www.pwrc.usgs.gov/nativebees/ Photos were taken with a system developed by Dr. Anthony G Gutierrez (Tony.Gutierrez@us.army.mil) and taken by Brooke Alexander, Sue Boo, Heagan Ahmed and Sierra Williams. A how to manual for taking similar pictures is available at: link.