Sunday 21 June 2020

Bombus centralis on Lilac

    Lilac bushes are great attractors of hummingbirds and a wide variety of insects.  I couldn’t believe my eyes the first time I saw a hummingbird moth sucking up lilac nectar (photo below).  It was smaller than a hummingbird, but sure acted like one, and I wasn’t sure what it was.  Another insect that always catches my eye is the Bombus centralis, a bumblebee with orange stripes instead of the yellow stripes I was used to seeing.  
    Like many of our other trees, the lilacs in our yard took a hard hit over the winter, but they were able to put out enough blossoms to make the pollinators happy.

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