Sunday, April 24, 2016

Hawthorn tree and native pollinators

The Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens featured a home with a huge number of pollinators visiting a hawthorn tree in bloom.   Most of the pollinators are not the familiar apis mellifera.   I'm not completely sure, but these pollinators appear to be Small Carpenter Bees.  I used two resources, the XERCES guide -Attracting Native Pollinators and Bees of Georgia website by Mark Schlueter.   Notice the pollen baskets. These natives are similar in size to apis mellifera, not shown.

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