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The Pollinators Among Us ~ Creative Arts Three Day Weekend

  
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The Pollinators Among Us ~ Creative Arts Three Day Weekend
 

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A. Macarthur
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1  author  A. Macarthur    last year

First things First - check the article at the link below.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    last year

Thank you for that link.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
Professor Guide
2  author  A. Macarthur    last year

POLLINATOR - an insect or other agent that  conveys   pollen  to a plant and so allows  fertilization .

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
2.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @2    last year

Nice image of a pollinator.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
3  Kavika     last year

Black Carpenter Bee, Stone Creek Ocala, FL.

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Ender
Professor Principal
3.1  Ender  replied to  Kavika @3    last year

Sadly the carpenter bees are the only ones I really see around here anymore.

Don't see many butterflies either. For a while every year I would see like swarms of these smaller whiteish yellow coloured ones. Would see them along the highways and of course....

Don't see as many anymore. Makes me almost want to blame cars and highways as many that are smashed every year.

We don't even seem to get the swarms of lovebugs we use to get.

Sorry to sound sad and negative.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
3.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Ender @3.1    last year

We are losing so many species at an alarming rate, so what you posted is no surprise.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
3.1.2  Kavika   replied to  Ender @3.1    last year

Many of the residents of Stone Creek have and are making an effort to plant plants that will draw and help butterflies and bees. There is now milkweed planted around the complex as a result of hundreds of Monarch butterflies and numerous other types of butterflies are now regulars around here and we are starting to see more bees as well.

Amazing how a small effort by dozens of people have made a dramatic change there.

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
Professor Guide
3.1.3  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Ender @3.1    last year

Sadly the carpenter bees are the only ones I really see around here anymore.

They must have all moved to my yard.  There must be ten at any given time buzzing around me on my deck.  They like to just hang in mid air in front of your face and stare at you.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
3.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @3    last year

One of my mother's sisters was married to a carpenter.  He was the sweetest, gentlest person I ever knew and didn't look a bit like that black carpenter bee. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
4  Buzz of the Orient    last year

What do butterflies have to do with butter?

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Gsquared
Professor Principal
4.1  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4    last year

The butterfly window is fantastic.  Have you ever seen any other butterfly windows?

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
4.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @4.1    last year

No, that's the only one.  It's in Zijingshan Park near downtown Zhengzhou.  I spent a lot of time in that park, often on Sunday mornings for English Corner. 

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
5  Ender    last year

I did find this one. A couple of years old.

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Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
5.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Ender @5    last year

I didn't think they lived that long.  (sorry, bad joke)

 
 
 
shona1
PhD Quiet
5.1.1  shona1  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.1    last year

Yep certainly is Buzz..😁

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
Professor Guide
5.2  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Ender @5    last year

That's a Rosy Maple Moth.

 
 
 
shona1
PhD Quiet
6  shona1    last year

Arvo..this is an Emperor Gum moth..use to be around in the Summer when we were kids but over the years seem to have disappeared..

They mainly live in the Eastern side of Victoria in the mountains but fly to the Western half of the State which is hundreds of kilometres away. Their wing span is up to 15 centimetres wide...

I miss them....in the Summer you always knew Christmas was not far away when you saw them fluttering around the lights...

 Not my photo.384

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
6.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @6    last year

It's a beauty.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
6.2  Kavika   replied to  shona1 @6    last year

Beautiful, shona.

 
 
 
evilone
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7  evilone    last year

I haven't shown off the office 6g nano tank for awhile. It's nothing spectacular or anything, but it's doing well. I've managed to keep the pothos and monstera plants alive which is a first for me. The fish are doing their thing especially the Endler's Live Bearers. They just keep popping out babies and I'll soon have to relocate a few. I really don't do much, but I think I'll do a cleaning on the glass and a water change today. I do this about every month... I'm planning on swapping this out before the end of summer with a 10g shallow riparium build just to keep things fresh. On the whole this has been a good conversation piece with the company customers while they wait for their appointments.

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Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
7.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  evilone @7    last year

I'm sure the fish appreciate your dedication.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Professor Principal
8  Gsquared    last year

The Great Buddha of Kamakura       

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Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
8.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @8    last year

A wonderful concept wonderfully edited and presented.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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8.1.1  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @8.1    last year

Thank you!

 
 
 
pat wilson
Professor Participates
8.2  pat wilson  replied to  Gsquared @8    last year

This one is really nice !

 
 
 
Gsquared
Professor Principal
8.2.1  Gsquared  replied to  pat wilson @8.2    last year

Thanks, Pat.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
9  Kavika     last year

It's a pond party at Stone Creek.

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shona1
PhD Quiet
9.1  shona1  replied to  Kavika @9    last year

They would go well in the roasting dish..😁🍗🍗

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
9.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @9    last year

If it's a pond party, why aren't any of them in the pond?

 
 
 
shona1
PhD Quiet
9.2.1  shona1  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @9.2    last year

Crocs.. if it was here..

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
9.2.2  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @9.2    last year

Since we are a well-regulated community, Pond Hours are 9am to 6pm and they are waiting for the bell to strike 9am. The Canadian Geese try to circumvent the rules and will make a rush to the pond before hours. But, we understand they are from Canada so we keep them in order by threating to revoke their birdports.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
9.2.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @9.2.1    last year

Of course, but the Canada geese might not be as aware of what they are.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
9.2.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @9.2.2    last year

Wait a sec.  You know that Canada geese are more polite than the usual bunch.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
9.2.5  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @9.2.4    last year

I think that their version of politeness and our version of politeness differs a great deal.

Example: We have requested that they not poop on people's lawns, do they listen...Nooooooo they poop all over the lawns. We also request that there is no ''honking'' after 9 pm do they listen, Noooooo they honk after 9 pm before 6 am they are honking maniacs. Here a honk, there a honk everywhere a honk honk.

So, you can see why we have to threaten from time to time to rescind their birdports. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
9.2.6  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @9.2.5    last year

The Canada geese are doing you a favour by fertilizing the grass on your golf courses and parks.  As for their honking, why discriminate against them when everybody's so happy if the hooping cranes hoop at any time.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
9.2.7  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @9.2.6    last year

Sadly, their poop kills the grass on the greens at the golf course and they do little to fertilize our lawns since their poop also kills lawns. 

Now, I'm not sure what a hooping crane is, but could you be talking about Whooping Cranes? If so there are less than 1,000 in the world and there are 1,000 Canadian Geese in our complex. 

Numbers matter...LOL

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
9.2.8  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @9.2.7    last year

Oooops!  Where did the "W" go?  Of course they're Whooping cranes, and you're right, they are in much diminished numbers, so hopefully the hunters would lay off them.  All those Canada geese in your complex?  They must really like you. 

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
9.2.9  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @9.2.8    last year
They must really like you. 

I'm a likable guy.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Professor Principal
10  Gsquared    last year

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A Bee on a Lavender Flower

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
10.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @10    last year

That's some big bee - the flower probably just put up its petals and said "I surrender - take as much as you want."

 
 
 
Gsquared
Professor Principal
10.1.1  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @10.1    last year

Ok, I'll play along.  Maybe someone (Kavika!) could write a story about "Bigby the Big Bee".

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
10.1.2  Kavika   replied to  Gsquared @10.1.1    last year

What a great idea, and I love Bigby the Big Bee name.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Professor Principal
10.1.3  Gsquared  replied to  Kavika @10.1.2    last year

Cool.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
Professor Guide
11  author  A. Macarthur    last year

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Tropical Queen Butterfly

© A. Mac/A.G.

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
11.1  devangelical  replied to  A. Macarthur @11    last year

great composition.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
11.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @11    last year

Coming in for a landing?

 
 
 
pat wilson
Professor Participates
12  pat wilson    last year

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Have yet to figure out how to get a still pic from a phone video.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
12.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  pat wilson @12    last year

Was the one with the bee meant to play?  Even if it doesn't it's a great still shot. 

 
 
 
pat wilson
Professor Participates
12.1.1  pat wilson  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @12.1    last year

No this one doesn't play. I do have a short video with these bees. I was trying to isolate one frame to make a still pic but as you can see I haven't accomplished that yet, lol.

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
12.1.2  devangelical  replied to  pat wilson @12.1.1    last year

have a teenager show you how. my daughter used to park my mac in a place I couldn't undo knowing that I would ask for her help. then she'd extort $20 from me to clear up the problem.

 
 
 
pat wilson
Professor Participates
12.1.3  pat wilson  replied to  devangelical @12.1.2    last year

Ha !

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
12.1.4  devangelical  replied to  pat wilson @12.1.3    last year

she still runs my life...

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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13  Hal A. Lujah    last year

original original

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
13.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @13    last year

Fantastic photos - if they were that size in real life they would probably take over the world.

 
 
 
Dig
Professor Participates
14  Dig    last year

A great spangled fritillary on a lily, blowing pollen into the air with its wings. See the pollen floating around? 

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A hummer looking for nectar. My camera thought it was too shady there for a fast shutter, so blurry wings it is.

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Ender
Professor Principal
14.1  Ender  replied to  Dig @14    last year

I need to sit outside today. They are mowing the lawn right now. Usually after I will at least have a couple of birds looking for a dug up snack.

 
 
 
Dig
Professor Participates
14.1.1  Dig  replied to  Ender @14.1    last year

A little while ago I was sitting outside watching a pair of blue jays building a nest on a branch overhanging the driveway. It looks like they've used part of a plastic grocery bag in it, woven in with twigs and moss, which kind of sucks, but I hope they end up laying eggs there. I'll have a pretty good view of them feeding chicks if they do.

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
14.1.2  Ender  replied to  Dig @14.1.1    last year

Pics a coming.  Haha

I had a little family in a light fixture out front one year. I guess they got use to me as when I would walk by sometimes the chicks would rise up at me, mouths open. I was a little sad when they finally left.

Until I had to clean up the mess....

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
14.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Dig @14    last year

Yes, I can see some pollen.  As for the hummingbird's wings, they're actually exceptionally fast for most shutters.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
Professor Guide
15  author  A. Macarthur    last year

original

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

© A. Mac/A.G.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Professor Principal
15.1  Gsquared  replied to  A. Macarthur @15    last year

That is a fantastic photo.  All three of the butterfly photos you posted this week are amazing.

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
15.2  Ender  replied to  A. Macarthur @15    last year

That one is beautiful.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
15.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @15    last year

Besides the high quality of that photo, those were the colours for the football team in the city I was born and grew up in, the Hamilton (Ontario) Tiger Cats.  "Oskiweewee, oskiwawaw, tigercats, eat 'em raw."

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
16  Kavika     last year

Memorial Day, 2023

Take time to remember those that gave their future so that others may have one.

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Long Khanh Province, Republic of Vietnam 1965.. 4th Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade, a trooper lifts his battle-weary eyes to the heavens as if to ask why? Another trooper stares down at their fallen comrade. The day's battle ended, and they silently await the helicopter which will evacuate their comrade from the jungle-covered hills.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Professor Principal
16.1  Gsquared  replied to  Kavika @16    last year
Memorial Day, 2023 Take time to remember those that gave their future so that others may have one.

Thank you for posting that, Kavika.  It gave me goosebumps as soon as I read it.

 
 
 
cjcold
Professor Quiet
16.1.1  cjcold  replied to  Gsquared @16.1    last year

Don't even get me started about Nam. A stupid war where I lost friends.

Had a low draft # and I was going too until the PTB came to their senses.

Thankfully my 1A turned into a 1H at the end. At 69 still have my draft card.

Can hardly remember the faces of the 17yr. olds who didn't make it back.

Fuck war! Nothing romantic about it! (unless you're a gung-ho teenager)

 
 
 
Gsquared
Professor Principal
16.1.2  Gsquared  replied to  cjcold @16.1.1    last year

The Vietnam War was terrible and I hated it, however, we can, and should, honor those who sacrificed for us in any war.  Memorial Day is not about romanticizing war.  It's about honoring those who died, and those, like our beloved friend, Kavika, who selflessly served us all.

I'm the same age as you, for a few more days, and I also had a fairly low draft number.  My draft card may still be around somewhere

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
17  Kavika     last year

Last night's sunset, Stone Creek, Ocala, FL.

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Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
17.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @17    last year

Now,THAT'S a sunset!!!

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
18  Kavika     last year

While fluttering through the neighborhood this beauty stopped to rest.

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Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
18.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @18    last year

Yet another beauty.

 
 
 
Dig
Professor Participates
18.2  Dig  replied to  Kavika @18    last year

Wow! I've never seen one like that before. Had to go look it up. The internet says it's a zebra longwing, or also called a zebra heliconian. Cool butterfly.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
18.2.1  Kavika   replied to  Dig @18.2    last year

I saw some a few months ago, but I'd never seen anything like them before. Thanks for finding out what they are named. Zebra Longwing, is a fitting name.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
Professor Guide
19  author  A. Macarthur    last year

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Monarch Butterfly, Coreopsis Flower

© A. Mac/A.G.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
19.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @19    last year

When I was a child, monarch butterflies in our garden were the most popular of all, and the only one I remember from way back when.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
Professor Guide
20  author  A. Macarthur    last year

Thanks to all; see you Thursday night!

 
 

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