Monday, July 07, 2008

Honey from a Butterfly Weed



The Honey Bee was so intent upon being the first to gather nectar from a new bloom opening on a Butterfly Weed that it didn’t seem to mind my lens being shoved in its face.

The beautiful orange blossoms of the low growing Butterfly Weed add a touch of vivid color to our rural roadsides. Along with their beauty they also attract and provide food to many insects. Rarely do I encounter a Butterfly Weed that is not covered with ants, but in this case the lone Honey Bee was the only insect I noticed.

Overgrown roadsides are an excellent place to find a wide variety of wildflowers as mowing and cultivation rarely if ever interferes with their growth and reproduction. My wife and I discovered this particular plant as we strolled along an abandoned section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike that has been converted into a hiking/biking trail.

9 comments:

DeeMom said...

Wonderful photo

I took several pictures of our meadows, before they come in to hay...we have the Butterfly flowers as well

Chad Oneil Myers said...

Lots of cool colors and textures here lately.

fishing guy said...

Salty: A very colorful flower to attract the honey bee. Nicely done.

Lori Schmidt (LoriProPhoto) said...

I also love this time of the year because the wildflowers are abundant. Some of them are so tiny that the photograph doesnt portray how small they are and I have to shoot them with a macro lens. Great honey Bee, I saw my second hummingbird clear winged moth yesterday, but they are skittish this year and I havent been able to get close enough to photograph them yet.

Lori

photowannabe said...

Terrific macro. I'm glad there are a few honeybees still doing their job.
Love the orange background. Makes the photo pop.

photowannabe said...

Sorry, I meant to respond before and say thank you for your kind comment on my last post. Sometimes I hit the shot right on the head. I really liked the entire way it turned out. Its one of my favorites.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Butterflyweed is a rarity in the wild here in Ontario. But hey, I grow it in my gardens! I LOVE it.

Shellmo said...

The detail on the bee makes him look so fuzzy and friendly.

Old Wom Tigley said...

What a great capture this is.