The photo101 assignment was to find a treasure and zoom in.
I saw three different kinds of sunflower still in bloom today and so did every imaginable insect out there. Butterflies, beetles, wasps … sunflowers were hosting parties for a lot of hungry minibeasts.
The big thrill for me was seeing a paper wasp. That makes two in as many days. They are normally really common around here but I have seen hardly any this year. They are gentle creatures that can learn to recognize faces. There was a time when we hosted huge colonies in our car port. They would fly right up to my face and follow me around the yard.
Another kind of wasp. I -think- this is a solitary digger wasp.
The flowers were as busy as airport terminals. I saw a few caterpillars and true bugs hanging out but i mostly saw honey bees and native bees getting busy with the tiny perfect flowers called florets. The idea that each sunflower disk may hold a thousand or more flowers inside kind of blows my mind. No wonder they were drawing a crowd.
Marching to the beat of a different drum, this cheeky pest was doing its best to eat a yellow corona. Who knew sunflowers were so gooey good?
On my short walk I did see some other flowers still in bloom (mealy sage, evening primrose, asters, rosemary, autumn sage, goldeneye) but none of them seemed as busy as the sunflowers. Good thing they won’t be quitting any time soon.