This is an interesting thing which I chose to draw, having very little experience in drawing insects.
Now… I drew this not being entirely sure of what I was drawing. To me, it looks like this is a fuzzy butterfly who is grooming its face with its front legs. BUT it also looks like it has strange horns sticking out from beside its mouth.
Here is my reference picture that I used, which I took a couple years ago when the butterfly landed conveniently in front of me and my daughter on a pear tree.
If anyone knows what kind of butterfly this is, I would enjoy hearing from you 😀
This (male) robin was up bright and early to get the jump on a whole bunch of grubs! I wonder if he has a nest full of little ones to feed?
I found this Eight Spotted Skimmer Dragonfly on my walk through the wetlands, it wasn’t afraid of me at all. It let me get very close up with my camera phone, so close that I could have almost poked it.
I think it caught a bug to eat during one of its brief flights. Turn your volume up a little so you can hear the neat sound its wings make 😀
I had no idea what a huge lump of honey bees was doing on a bare branch with no hive. So I did a little research…
Once a hive has so many bees it has to divide because the workers can no longer receive the queen’s pheromone because of how large the hive has become.
The queen bee ends up abandoning the hive to search for her own new home. Then the drones and workers sort out their issue of finding a new home and a new queen is created from a larvae.
A queen is created from a larvae that is just like the worker bee larvae, except it it chosen by the bees somehow to be fed “Royal Jelly” and she grows much larger than the other females.
I ended up calling the phone number of the hiking trail that I was on to alert them that there was such a mass of bees directly on the path, I didn’t want anyone to get hurt if they accidentally disturbed them by some means. When I checked back later a red tape line had been implemented to block them off and alert the public.
The next day there were only about 15 bees left, which means that they must have gone off to a new home. Safely away from jogging and biking people.
It has been very hot where I live, which means that I water my garden at night to avoid scorching.
It turns out that I was watering more than just my flowers this night.
I was worried that I over soaked the little guy so I gave him a tiny nudge, thankfully the moth was OK and flew away later on.
(The plant is called “Royal Carpet” if anyone was wondering. It is actually starting to flower nicely!)