|Our patio garden - a mix of local and exotic early bloomers|
|Anthophora sp. female at Penstemon flowers, their specialty. Photo Terry Stone|
|Anthophora sp. males visit the flowers rarely, and always early in the morning|
Only Honey Bees go wherever they find pollen and nectar. They are imported from Europe and the Middle East, also from Africa, so no wonder that they like Aloes flowers
|Andrena male (right) approaching a presumed female|
|Sand Wasp Steniolia sp.|
|mating Andrena pair|
|Palpada furcata, Copestylum mexicanum (Mexican Cactus Fly), Eristalis sp.|
|Eupeodes volucris (Bird Hover Fly)|
|Lytta auriculata (Red-eared Blister Beetle)|
|Mecaphesa sp. Flower Crab Spider|
|Zelus renardii (Leafhopper Assassin Bug)|
So I am looking forward to our Brittle Bush bloom every spring, and I don't mind at all that we find more young plants every year. They only grow on the artificial patio elevation anyway, I suspect that the caliche layer under the undisturbed soil does not agree with them. They pretty much dry up during between April and mid July and come alive again during the monsoon.
By the time the Brittle Bush flowers are drying up and the gold finches are beginning to investigate them for seeds, the first cacti are blooming, usually Beavertail Prickly Pear and Arizona Hedgehog.
|Augochlorella sp. on |