We've never experienced an issue that I could attribute to pollination. Some years weather conditions hurt the pollinators though. In the longer run I hope to see an increase in variety and numbers. It's always neat that if you stop near the clover you can hear the buzzing.
That said, here's a few (understatement) more from Sunday July 17...a number of these were taken by my daughter.
It isn't just the clover that buzzes...this is phacelia, part of the cover crop mix.
They almost lined up for me....
I like this shot as the camera truly got focused on the bee.
Eastern kingbird landed above me in the tree.
To the clover patch for more bee action.
Phoenix turned 1 on Saturday...it was pretty warm...he was tuckered out by the time we got home.
Roll over...we don't trust his recall yet and with critters and no fence, he's typically attached to someone on a 30' lead in the country.
They went for a walkabout...he's about 60 lbs.
Where'd he go?
She was trying to get a shot with the house hiding the trees...neglected to worry about the truck.
Back to the phacelia and the regularly scheduled programming.
Jiminy Crickets! The crickets have come out although they're relatively small yet. It won't be long and you won't be able to hear the bees buzzing over the sound of the crickets.
The phacelia is an attractive plant with a pretty flower. I can see procuring more of this seed.
I was out this afternoon...I did see ten chickens, but they were frozen and bagged for me. I saw three juvenile robins at the same time, so there was a decent brood success it would seem. I also saw about 8 killdeer and many mourning doves as well as the usual suspects.
A bee on Persian clover in the cover crop mix.
Same bee, different poze.
I caught this bumble bee with my phone...I haven't tried to determine what type of bombus it is yet.
An interesting bug that I haven't yet identified near one of the cucurbit plants, also taken with my phone.
I finally got to making a video among the cover crop mix...there's just a steady hum. I'm not sure how well it gets across, but I think it's neat.
From this insect identification site it seems to have the shape of a stink bug, but the colouration doesn't match any of the examples shown there. It's getting late so perhaps a project for tomorrow....
Correct; bees shouldn't be able to fly. Or at least that's what we were told for many years. I believe there's been reasons as to why they can fly nowadays. Something with them being able to have their wings at a certain angle I believe, but don't quote me on it.
Being in Australia we just assume everything is poisonous until proven otherwise. In saying that, at least for the spiders, most stay out of your way if you don't bother them. We have a roommate huntsman who helps rid the house of insect populations (and geckos, but luckily I haven't found any "leftovers").