Friday, October 30, 2009

The Last Goldenrod: Bugs Gone Wild

This is one of those wild things that is difficult to convey through a picture and maybe even a story - but this here is the last bursting with yellow, not killed by the frost, healthy goldenrod plant on the property here. Being that most other flowers were soaked, wilted and half dead - the entire world of flying insects were all on this one goldenrod together... in peace, for the sake of survival. Regular flies, bees, wasps, teetsie flies, robber flies, fat hairy black flies, ladybugs, and those micro bee things that like to lick ya' arms in the summer!
This was totally amazing to watch. The movement, the crawling, the buzzing, the way they all worked together not in fear of each other, making sure they each had their turn, they each had some pollen... would humans be able to work so well by instinct if we were in the same situation?
The only insect who got slightly hostile or rowdy towards me the the largest one, the wasp. It did not like my curiosity and was the obvious protector of all there.


Kittie Howard said...

Awesome! Beautiful color. Oh, but I wish bees would return to my little garden! I plant to attract them but just two buzzed by, stayed a bit and left.

Leslie wears organic clothing and plays in dirt said...

Kittie - No honey bees or any bees at all? I hardly saw any honey bees this year, it was disturbing... i watched how it effected my garden, and how the other bugs pollinated the plants but not nearly as much or as fast as the honey bees do.
I hope it gets better!

John's Arts & Crafts said...

Great Blog & photos!, I wish someone would work on get rid of the parasitic mites which are attacking the bees? I have found that they are the same species which attacts the Myrmeleontidae which eats ants. New blog on the Hx.of the Ladybug:

Leslie wears organic clothing and plays in dirt said...

Hey John! Thanks and Welcome :)
Alot of people who are local to the Asheville area are trying to address the problem of the bees dieing, and also trying to do it without using toxic junk. I hear it is very difficult and that colonies are suddenly wiped out. :(

Thanks for the link to ladybugs! We are covered in them this week - so many I have now even tasted one that landed in my mouth now... tastes like salad greens.

The Wild Ones said...

Nice shots! Great photos...