Backyard Ecology Creating Space for Pollinators and Wildlife
Creating Space for Pollinators and Wildlife

Bees and Butterflies around the Farm

I love taking pictures of bees and butterflies on the late summer and early fall flowers around the farm. So, I thought for this week’s post, I would simply share some of the pollinator pictures I’ve taken over the last few days.

Recent Bees and Butterflies and Other Cool Pollinators on the Farm

Ok, it’s not a bee or butterfly, but I finally got a decent hummingbird picture!! You can even see how the anthers touch and transfer pollen onto the hummingbird’s head as it is drinking. I have several females who are really enjoying the cardinal flower in my garden. Photo credit: Shannon Trimboli, all rights reserved
A few monarchs have started to show back up again. This is a male who was perching on a bee balm seed head next to a milkweed patch. I’m guessing he was waiting for a female to show up. Photo credit: Shannon Trimboli, all rights reserved
I don’t have anywhere near the number of tiger swallowtails that I usually do at this time of year, but I am starting to see a few of both color phases again. Photo credit: Shannon Trimboli, all rights reserved
I have at least three different species of skippers working my wildflower garden. Photo credit: Shannon Trimboli, all rights reserved
I love the contrast between this tiny metallic green sweat bee and the cardinal flower. It was gathering tons of pollen off the anthers as they were just beginning to open up. Photo credit: Shannon Trimboli, all rights reserved
This is another species of sweat bee collecting pollen from one of my cup plants. Photo credit: Shannon Trimboli, all rights reserved
This is a potter wasp taking a drink of nectar from one of my hairy mountain mint flowers. Potter wasps are not aggressive and play a valuable role in the ecosystem. Photo credit: Shannon Trimboli, all rights reserved

This article was part of Shannon’s original Kentucky Pollinators and Backyard Wildlife blog which evolved into the blog for Backyard Ecology. All of Shannon’s Kentucky Pollinators and Backyard Wildlife blogs can be found at https://shannontrimboli.com/posts/blog/.


Backyard Ecology: Creating Space for Pollinators and Wildlife
Nature isn’t just “out there.” It’s all around us, including right outside our doors. Hi, my name is Shannon Trimboli, and I am the host of Backyard Ecology. I live in southcentral Kentucky and am a wildlife biologist, educator, author, and owner of a nursery specializing in plants for pollinators and wildlife conservation. I started Backyard Ecology as a way to share my love of exploring nature and learning about different plants and animals. I invite you to join me as we ignite our curiosity and natural wonder, explore our yards and communities, and improve our local pollinator and wildlife habitat. Learn more or subscribe to my email list at www.backyardecology.net.

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