In appreciation of sunflowers

The first open Helianthus petiolaris flower I saw in Albuquerque in 2021 was on May 29. Since then, they are blooming nonstop in my garden (update: final plant stopped blooming after a hard freeze around December 8). The diversity they attracted this year is incredible!

Bees

  • Halictus tripartitus and ligatus
  • Lasioglossum (2 or 3 subgenera)
  • Agapostemon
  • Arizona Nomia
  • Megachile (3 or 4 subgenera)
  • Melissodes (mostly Melissodes agilis)
  • Svastra obliqua
  • Bombus pensylvanicus and morrisoni
  • Coelioxys
  • Apis mellifera

Wasps

  • Stictiellina (sand wasps)
  • Scolia dubia and nobilitata
  • Polistes aurifer and dominula
  • Cerceris (3 species)
  • Sceliphron caementarium
  • Trypoxylon
  • Ectemnius
  • Chalcididae
  • Pteromalinae
  • Braconidae (multiple)
  • Stenodynerus
  • Ancistrocerus
  • Philanthus gibbosus
  • Velvet ant
  • Harvester and pyramid ants

Beetles

  • Lady beetles
  • Acmaeodera
  • Nemognatha
  • Chauliognathus lewisii lewisii
  • Checkered melon beetle

Flies

  • Copestylum avidum and lentum
  • Villini
  • Trupanea
  • Thaumatomyia
  • Toxomerus marginatus
  • Eristalis arbustorum and stipator
  • Eupeodes volucris
  • Neotephritis finalis
  • Mallophora fautrix
  • Scaeva affinis

Butterflies and moths

  • Variegated fritillary
  • Queen/monarch
  • American sunflower moth
  • Inchworms (Geometridae)
  • Bordered patch
  • Oranges and sulphurs and whites
  • Tobacco budworm moth
  • Pseudanarta singula (moth)

Other arthropods

  • Thomisidae (crab spiders)
  • Weevils
  • Mirini
  • Harmostes
  • Lacewings
  • Stink bugs
  • Leptoglossus

Birds

  • House finch
  • Lesser goldfinch
  • Assorted sparrows/juncos
Posted by egordon88 egordon88, September 13, 2021 16:57

Observations

Photos / Sounds

What

Agile Long-horned Bee (Melissodes agilis)

Observer

egordon88

Date

July 2021

Photos / Sounds

Observer

egordon88

Date

July 2021

Photos / Sounds

Observer

egordon88

Date

August 8, 2021 07:42 PM MDT

Description

Brief insect survey of flowering asteraceae along Rio Grande del Norte NM access road - sunflower #8 - 4 individuals

Photos / Sounds

What

Large-tailed Aphideater (Eupeodes volucris)

Observer

egordon88

Date

August 2021

Photos / Sounds

What

Morrison's Bumble Bee (Bombus morrisoni)

Observer

egordon88

Photos / Sounds

What

Tobacco Budworm Moth (Chloridea virescens)

Observer

egordon88

Description

CV suggestion

Photos / Sounds

What

Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia)

Observer

egordon88

Photos / Sounds

Observer

egordon88

Date

October 2021

Comments

An illustrious guest list! 🌻🤴🏼

Posted by botanicaltreasures about 1 year ago (Flag)

It's my kind of party!

Posted by egordon88 about 1 year ago (Flag)

Yes, indeed!

Posted by botanicaltreasures about 1 year ago (Flag)

Ooh, nice!

Posted by mbwildlife about 1 year ago (Flag)

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