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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/3/2017, 3:26 pm

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Post  countrynaturals on 7/3/2017, 4:31 pm

Gorgeous! I tried to get a honeybee but she showed me her butt so I'm back to the camera for something else. Rolling Eyes  
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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/3/2017, 4:37 pm

Shoot, I'll take ANY end of a pollinator at this point. I can count the bees I've seen on one hand. Sad
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 7/3/2017, 5:41 pm

I found a False Colorado Potato beetle nibbling on my healthiest eggplant. These appear now and then, but aren't a pest to the degree (true) Colorado Potato beetles can be. It gave me a truly innocent look, so after photographing it, it got a free ride across the yard to some wild nightshade weed. I said "Here, eat this instead." but since beetles don't understand language, it may or may not stay put/out of the garden. July Avatar: Anything Goes! Img_9112
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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/3/2017, 5:50 pm

Aw...he's pretty darn cute, Beetles. Great shot!
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Post  countrynaturals on 7/3/2017, 5:52 pm

@BeetlesPerSqFt wrote:I found a False Colorado Potato beetle nibbling on my healthiest eggplant. These appear now and then, but aren't a pest to the degree (true) Colorado Potato beetles can be. It gave me a truly innocent look, so after photographing it, it got a free ride across the yard to some wild nightshade weed. I said "Here, eat this instead." but since beetles don't understand language, it may or may not stay put/out of the garden. July Avatar: Anything Goes! Img_9112
What a cutie -- looks like striped ladybug. I love you Sorry he has to be a bad guy. Sad
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Post  countrynaturals on 7/3/2017, 5:57 pm

Okay, here's mine. The Mama plant came from the grocery store and started as a pineapple top about 4 years ago.
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Here's Mama's baby picture.
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Post  countrynaturals on 7/3/2017, 6:03 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:Shoot, I'll take ANY end of a pollinator at this point.

We've been very lucky so far -- lots of bees. Here they are, taking over a hummingbird feeder.
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What worries me is the butterflies. 2 years ago, we had hundreds of California Hairstreaks (little blue guys). Last year we only had about 6. This year, none. Sad We haven't seen a single Monarch or Gulf Fritillary, either. I'm hoping the rains last spring rejuvenated their natural habitat so they didn't have to come here anymore. Any other explanation is unthinkable. Shocked
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Post  yolos on 7/3/2017, 7:02 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:Shoot, I'll take ANY end of a pollinator at this point.  I can count the bees I've seen on one hand. Sad
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CC - you can be the pollinator.
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 7/3/2017, 7:15 pm

@yolos wrote:
@CapeCoddess wrote:Shoot, I'll take ANY end of a pollinator at this point.  I can count the bees I've seen on one hand. Sad
First cuke...but not if the pollinators don't show up. 
CC - you can be the pollinator.
+1: CC - Be the bee!
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Post  sanderson on 7/3/2017, 7:50 pm

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/3/2017, 9:30 pm

CN, I have seen a Monarch or two up here, they look good.  My milkweed is gangbusters!
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Post  countrynaturals on 7/4/2017, 12:02 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:CN, I have seen a Monarch or two up here, they look good.  My milkweed is gangbusters!
Good. We have seen a few Pipevine Swallowtails, a Common Buckeye, an occasional Tiger Swallowtail, but that's all. No congregations. Everyone just passing through. Sad
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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/5/2017, 1:28 pm

@BeetlesPerSqFt wrote:I found a False Colorado Potato beetle nibbling on my healthiest eggplant. These appear now and then, but aren't a pest to the degree (true) Colorado Potato beetles can be. It gave me a truly innocent look, so after photographing it, it got a free ride across the yard to some wild nightshade weed. I said "Here, eat this instead." but since beetles don't understand language, it may or may not stay put/out of the garden. July Avatar: Anything Goes! Img_9112

Beetles, I see in your avatar that you've put some new clothes on your beetle friend.  He looks WONDERFUL!
good job!
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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 7/5/2017, 3:35 pm

Yeah, I dressed him up just for the 4th of July. I switched him back again before seeing he had a fan! For those who missed the brief costume change:
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Post  trolleydriver on 7/5/2017, 4:34 pm

@BeetlesPerSqFt wrote:Yeah, I dressed him up just for the 4th of July. I switched him back again before seeing he had a fan! For those who missed the brief costume change:
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I liked the costume change.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/5/2017, 7:43 pm

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@BeetlesPerSqFt wrote:Yeah, I dressed him up just for the 4th of July. I switched him back again before seeing he had a fan! For those who missed the brief costume change:
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I liked the costume change.
Me too!
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Post  trolleydriver on 6/27/2018, 8:57 pm

I am getting a jump on the July Avatar with this recent sunset from our backyard. Or maybe I should use the rainbow from the same night but at the front of the house. 

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Post  sanderson on 6/28/2018, 1:33 am

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Post  countrynaturals on 6/28/2018, 11:13 am

@trolleydriver wrote:I am getting a jump on the July Avatar with this recent sunset from our backyard. Or maybe I should use the rainbow from the same night but at the front of the house. 

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Beautiful! I know what I want for mine, too. There's a gorgeous big orange dragonfly that hangs around the pool. If I can get him to pose for me, I'll make him a celebrity!  rock on
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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/29/2018, 2:21 pm

Preeetttttyyyyy!

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Post  countrynaturals on 7/5/2018, 10:24 am

Mine is a still shot from the video I took last night from the front deck of our new house. Hubby has never liked fireworks and I've always loved it, but most years I didn't get to see it. Now I should never have to miss it again.  cheers The amazing part is that the view is so perfect from that spot. On our property next door, there was no clear visibility and on the other 2 side decks of the new place there were trees from our propery blocking the view. This is really exciting stuff for me. (Hubby thinks I'm nutz!  Rolling Eyes )

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Post  countrynaturals on 7/5/2018, 10:42 am

@countrynaturals wrote:Mine is a still shot from the video I took last night from the front deck of our new house. Hubby has never liked fireworks and I've always loved it, but most years I didn't get to see it. Now I should never have to miss it again.  cheers The amazing part is that the view is so perfect from that spot. On our property next door, there was no clear visibility and on the other 2 side decks of the new place there were trees from our propery blocking the view. This is really exciting stuff for me. (Hubby thinks I'm nutz!  Rolling Eyes )

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Ooo, I was able to pull a better one from the video.  happy turtle
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