English: Southern Lapwing
LB: Vanellus chilensis
Another common visitor to native wildflower gardens are metallic sweat bees (Halictidae: Agapostemon sp.) such as the one posted here. Most species are quite small and are usually very active. It is best to try and photograph these guys (like most insects) at first light on a relatively cool morning.
Hey everyone. This one comes from a recent Saturday morning I spent using a new DIY flash difusser I built. I had eight species of native bee as well as lots of honey bee on the Silphium and other native forbs blooming in my wildflower patches. It is really something to see the difference in the number of pollinators and other insects that can be found in a native plant garden in comparison to the typical exotic landscaping plants used predominantly in the suburbs.
I missed the focus on this one, but I think I captured the species characteristics.
You might not be able to tell, but this is one of the greatest swimming holes we know in Missouri. Since I have only three regular readers of this blog and I believe only one of them can swim, I don’t think I risk anything by saying this… 😉