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Eastern Carpenter Bee - beneficial pollinator - on http://network-green.org

Eastern Carpenter Bee - Xylocopa virginica - habitat, life cycle and behavior.

15 Green Indoor Projects on http://network-green.org

Sweet Basil, I am going to start some seeds this weekend. I had a pot of Sweet Basil last year and it was delicious.

U-pick Farms & Cider Mills - West Michigan area

Directory of U-pick farms, cider mills, pumpkin patches, corn mazes and hayrides in Grand Rapids and surrounding West Michigan.

European Paper Wasp - beneficial for natural control of pest insects -  http://network-green.org

European paper wasp -Polistes dominulus behavior and nesting habits.

Pollinators ♥ Native Plants Pt.2  from network-green.org

Pollinators are animals which transport pollen from one plant to another aiding in the plants reproduction - creating seeds & fruits.

Pollinators ♥ Native Plants Pt.1   from network-green.org

Pollinators are animals which transport pollen from one plant to another aiding in the plant's reproduction - creating seeds & fruits.

Providing honey bees with late blooming flowers will help to increase their survival. Great choices are Asters, Goldenrod, Helenium, Perennial Sunflower and Sedum.

The Winter Honey Bee- The Western Honey Bee, has both summer and winter workers.

Darwin Hybrid Tulip (Tulipa Darwin Hybrid 'Blushing Apeldoorn')  Darwin hybrids were created by crossing formerly wild species of tulip from Central Asia (t.fosteriana). Zones: 3 - 8. Height: 18 - 24 inches. Spread: 3 - 6 inches. Bloom time: April - May. Bloom Color: Lemon yellow with edges brushed in orange-red.    Light: Full Sun - Partial Shade. Water: Average. Border fronts, edgings, rock gardens.

Darwin Hybrid Tulip (Tulipa Darwin Hybrid 'Blushing Apeldoorn') Darwin hybrids were created by crossing formerly wild species of tulip from Central Asia (t.fosteriana). Zones: 3 - 8. Height: 18 - 24 inches. Spread: 3 - 6 inches. Bloom time: April - May. Bloom Color: Lemon yellow with edges brushed in orange-red. Light: Full Sun - Partial Shade. Water: Average. Border fronts, edgings, rock gardens.

Syrphid Fly - female (Helophilus fasciatus). Helophilus from latin means 'sun lover' - These hover flies are active from early spring basking in sunny areas and nectaring from flowers. Helophilus species have a striped thorax. Eyes of Helophilus males do not touch, as they do in most other syrphid flies, and abdominal & facial details (females have a dark stripe extending from top of the head to antennae & an extra abdominal stripe) are necessary to distinguish males from females.

These hover flies are active from early spring basking in sunny areas and nectaring from flowers.