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Important Pollinators

A pollinator is anything that helps carry pollen from the male part of the flower (stamen) to the female part of the same or another flower (stigma). The movement of pollen must occur for the plant to become fertilized and produce fruits, seeds, and young plants. This video shows a metallic sweat bee and a hover fly doing the work of collecting pollen and doing the important work of pollination. Sometimes the pollen can be a little too much and require some maintenance as seen by

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The Yellow Bumble Bee

A yellow bumblee in Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge July 2023 Bombus fervidus, commonly known as the golden northern bumblebee, is a species of bumblebee found in North America. This fascinating insect occupies an important ecological role as a pollinator, playing a significant role in maintaining the health and diversity of ecosystems. This essay will explore the characteristics, habitat, behavior, and conservation status of Bombus fervidus, shedding light on its significance in the natural world. Bombus fervidus is a medium-sized bumblebee species characterized by its vibrant

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Zebra Back Jumping Spider

The zebra-backed jumping spider, scientifically known as Salticus scenicus, is a species of spider that belongs to the family Salticidae. As the name suggests, this spider has a distinctive appearance with black and white stripes on its back, resembling the pattern of a zebra. Here is some video footage of a zebra-backed jumping spider on a sunflower stem in Portland Oregon. Zebra-backed jumping spiders are relatively small, with females measuring around 5-7 mm in length and males being slightly smaller. They have excellent vision, thanks

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The Bees Are Back

Honeybees are an essential part of our ecosystem, and their importance cannot be overstated. These tiny creatures play a crucial role in pollinating plants, which is essential for the growth and survival of many crops and wildflowers. Without honeybees, our food supply would be severely impacted, and the natural beauty of our environment would be diminished. One of the primary reasons honeybees are so important is their role in pollination. As they move from flower to flower collecting nectar and pollen, they inadvertently transfer pollen

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Critters In My Back Yard

My backyard is home to a wide variety of plants and animals. I have planted native trees, ferns, grasses, clover, and flowers to attract birds, squirrels, cotton tail rabbits, chipmunks, butterflies, bees and other insects. I also have a bird fountain that is supplied with fresh water from a drip systems. Here are some images and a short video clip from my backyard....

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Katydids

Today I had a cool visitor in my garden. This interesting bug is a bush cricket or Katydid. They have excellent camouflage. Katydid is an insect that belongs to the family Tettigoniidae, commonly known as the long-horned grasshoppers. It is a small, green insect with long antennae and large hind legs that allow it to jump long distances. Katydids are found in many parts of the world, including North America, Europe, and Asia. Katydids are an important part of the ecosystem, as they are a

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Bugs can be Beautiful

I have been enjoying photographing a variety of bees and dragonflies. Most of these photos were taken at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. Please consider becoming a member to support my efforts to bring these images to you. As a member you will be able to download these images. I will also make my music and music videos exclusively to my members....

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