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Happenings in the insect world
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by Janet Davis
on June 22, 2012 at 5:16 AM
I've noticed the profusion of pollinators that love related cardoons, as well (Cynara cardunculus). And I always marvel at how much effort bees and other insects have to expend to forage while walking over flowers like artichoke and cardoon and the fluffy, big flowering alliums, too. The rewards have to be high.
by Brandie
on June 23, 2012 at 5:52 PM
I live in Zone 5 in the Midwest, but I am a huge fan of your blog. This was the first year I have set about specifically purchasing more bee friendly varieties of plants to install in my garden. Right now I have patches of milkweed that are apparently very attractive to honey bees. Thanks to my growing understanding of native pollinators, I'm noticing the variety of other delightful visitors to the garden and trying to learn their names. Your images are absolutely divine. You have truly inspired me in so many ways. I just splurged on a camera upgrade and 105mm macro lense as I set about "Bee spotting" for the University of Illinois to help researchers track bee populations in our area. Another big goal of mine is to be able to capture more vivid/artful pictures that I can use in my glasswork. Do you by any chance have any photographs you make available to other artists to work from? Can't hurt to ask...because certainly your work is stellar! Thank you for all you hard work with this blog :)
 
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