Relax insectile purists, I know nobody in this post is technically a "bug".
I just needed an appropriate "B" word.
Sunday morning was much calmer than windy Saturday and the blueberry bushes were alive with buzzing, flitting, sipping insects.
With no wind, the blueberry bushes were behaving themselves too instead of slam dancing all over the place and gyrating wildly in Saturday's steady 15 knot winds.
I think they were tired.
This swallowtail was the only real butterfly at the bushes. The fact that she's perfect with no bird nips or tattered edges makes me think she's newly emerged.
(I used the term "she" only because she's beautiful ... I look at antennae to sex moths, what about butterflies? Feel free to educate me.)
Swallowtails are the only butterfly I've seen flitting about so far in 2008.
I like the red racing stripes.
This fly was working the blossoms too. I expected it to be some small bee until I focused on it and realized it was a fly. I was hoping for one of those small orchard mason bees from my still plugged up bee houses I made last year.
It seems to me that a blueberry blossom is a bit of a challenge for insects. The deep bell shape tempts them for days before finally opening just a little. It's certainly not a petals thrown open, everyone is welcome sort of blossom like ... say a daisy or an orange blossom.
Lots of bees were buzzing about. None of them were true honey bees, although I did see some of them in the woods yesterday.
Basic brown moths (skippers?) were sipping, sometimes sharing a cluster of blossoms with a bee ... yes, I DID miss that shot. The sunlight was intense and almost overhead so most of my shots were mixes of stark shadow and bright light ... like this one.
The blueberry bushes are loaded this year with clusters of blossoms. Already green berries are appearing thanks to the work of the insect clan.
With all that production ahead of them, I figured the blueberries needed a snack, so I fertilized them with a liquid acid type fertilizer after I finished my photos.
Grab your spoon and fill your cereal bowl ... it won't be long now.