June 26 observations

Lab Note #6
Jun 27, 2014
The swamp milkweed is close to peak bloom, and the Asclepias tuberosa is getting underway nicely. We've had a lot of rain this spring/summer, so the garden is quite lush. Weeds are less of a problem this year, since the perennials are filling in their spaces and crowding out the competition.

I am quickly learning that macro photography is incredibly difficult when it's windy (which is is a lot here in South Dakota). A bumble bee was kind enough to forage on the swamp milkweed and I almost made myself sea-sick trying to get photos of her.



The marigolds are much better for insect macros, since they are so short and stocky. The wind doesn't blow them around as much.



In non-pollinator news, I found tons of Tingids (aka lace bugs, Hemiptera: Tingidae) on the stiff sunflower. Apparently, they do feed on the sunflower leaves but they are so cute!



Also, for those of you who might be in the central South Dakota area we're having a pollinator walk at the garden tomorrow (June 28) at 10 AM. Fingers crossed that the weather cooperates! If you're not in the area, you can hear our interview about the garden on Central Dakota Outdoors on Saturday morning (KGFX 1060 AM, 8:30 - 9:30 AM Central).
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