This week is the 4th annual National Pollinator Week, designated as such by the United States Department of Agriculture to call attention to the declining populations of natural pollinators. The decline is largely due to urbanization and use of chemicals. Gardeners can help the plight of the pollinators by planting host plants and pledging to garden organically whenever possible.
In celebration of calling attention to the pollinators - bees, butterflies, beetles, birds, and bats - I'm showcasing some of them at work here at Our Little Acre:
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Bumblebee heading for Perennial Foxglove
Great Spangled Fritillary on Echinacea
Question Mark resting on a stepping stone
Summer Azure on Knautia macedonica
Honeybee on Echinacea
Viceroy resting on the split-rail fence
There are other butterflies flying about here - Red Admiral, Monarch, Silver Skipper, Mourning Cloak, Sulphur, Red-Spotted Purple, Yellow Swallowtail - as well as insects and birds galore. I love how gardening makes you so much more aware of these things.
This post was inspired by Barbara at Mr. McGregor's Daughter. Please visit her latest post, which shows more of the fabulous photography she shares with us on a regular basis.