This was my first year planting milkweed in my yard. I wanted to see if I could attract monarch butterflies to lay eggs on the leaves. Imagine my excitement when I came home from work today and found this little guy munching away! Plant it and they will come. From a page in Arnie And The Magic Caterpillars children's book. #monarch #butterflies #pollinators #children #books #metamorphosis #butterflies #pollinators #children #nature
The main character in Arnie And The Magic Caterpillars book is fascinated with nature and spends most of his time outside. He comes across little eggs on milkweed plants in his backyard and begins the journey of watching them go through metamorphosis.
As many of you may or may not know, honey bees are in decline. One way in which we can all help the honey bees, as well as other pollinators, is to avoid using harsh chemicals on our lawns such as herbicides, commercial pesticides, and fertilizers. Honeybees love dandelions and clovers. Also, plant nectar producing and native plants in your yard and create a bee friendly garden.
Honey bees are amazing insects. This little honey bee is taking a well needed break before heading back out of the hive. They use the sun as their compass and can fly approximately two miles to forage for water, nectar and pollen. #honeybees #pollinators #femaleworkerbee #foragerbee #insects #bees
Honey bees hatch out of the honeycomb cell by chewing off the wax cap to join the colony and begin working. As soon as the newly hatched bee emerges from the cell, worker bees will come in and clean and prepare it for the queen to lay another egg. The queen requires a cell to be completely immaculate before she will lay her egg in it. If it does not meet her expectations, she will seek another cell. #queenbee #honeybees #insects #pollinators #amazinginsects #honey #honeycom