Bees and Dragonfly in an Insect-Friendly Garden
Bees and a beautiful dragonfly delight this gardener, who several years ago changed my approach to gardening to attract pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and others.
For many years, I sprayed my roses, and used systemic fertilizers with pesticides as well. I did not have much variety in my garden in terms of types of flowers. Several years ago I decided to stop spraying, and to add a few different flowers known to attract pollinators. In a very short time, I began to see more bees and butterflies here. I should note that I have several neighbors who are organic gardeners, so we have a more neighborhood sized area friendly to pollinators.
Two days ago I was out just enjoying the flowers that were blooming. I was aware of the variety of bees buzzing around, along with a few butterflies and some black chinned hummingbirds. But, I almost stuck my nose on this gigantic dragonfly before I even saw it! It stayed for some time, which allowed me to grab my camera and photograph it. Its beauty was quite complex, and I am glad it stayed long enough for a photograph.
Beautiful, but well camouflaged, dragonfly
Busy bee laden with pollen
A different bee laden with pollen
That’s a fabulous dragonfly! It’s different from the one’s we get. Great bee photos, too.
I had never seen a dragonfly quite like this one, and I thought it was especially beautiful and complex. I was so glad it stayed long enough for me to photograph it!
Incredible image of an extremely beautiful dragonfly! Thanks for sharing this beauty with us Susan!
Carol, thank you so much! Thank you for taking the time to look and to comment!
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