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In the Pink

Carpenter Bee

Thunder boomed across the garden.The carpenter bee (Xylocopata tabaniformis orpifex) meant business.She headed straight for the slowly opening rock purslane  (Calandrinia grandiflora). Never mind that the petals hadn't quite unfolded. Tackling the tiny...

Carpenter Bee
Carpenter Bee

CARPENTER BEE nectars a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pollen-Covered Carpenter Bee
Pollen-Covered Carpenter Bee

POLLEN-COVERED carpenter bee takes ownership of a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 5:32 PM

Like a Rock

Rock purslane

The rock purslane (Calandrinia grandiflora) attracts its share of insects. This morning the brilliant magenta blossoms drew honey bees, carpenter bees and hover flies.  As a hover fly (aka syrphid fly or flower fly) gathered nectar, a spider...

Rock purslane
Rock purslane

ROCK PURSLANE (Calandrinia grandiflora) opens in the morning sun. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hover fly
Hover fly

HOVER FLY is drawn to the nectar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Spider
Spider

SPIDER crawls up the leaf of the rock purslane, probably scouting for the best place to build a web. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Visitor in the Garden

Visitor in the garden

The rain and wind took turns destroying the flowers in our garden last Sunday in a siege not unlike a scene from The Wrestler. The rock purslane (Calandrinia grandiflora) took a beating, but like Mickey Rourke, it will return.  Last year the...

Visitor in the garden
Visitor in the garden

This little critter, probably a native bee, seems to be glaring at the photographer. The flower is a rock purslane (Calandrinia grandiflora). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 at 6:32 PM

Heaven Can Wait

What do you mean, I'm too big?

They danced in it, rolled in it, and bathed in it. The honey bees just couldn’t get enough of the rock purslane (Calandrinia grandiflora).  Last week when we visited Vacaville’s El Rancho Nursery and...

What do you mean, I'm too big?
What do you mean, I'm too big?

A honey bee can't wait for the Calandrinia grandiflora to open. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sharing
Sharing

Two honey bees, packed with red pollen, share the same flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Flight of the honey bee
Flight of the honey bee

A honey bee exits the rock purslane flower and heads for another one. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, September 29, 2008 at 6:10 PM

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