What Time is it in Nature: Insects on Holly

Hello everyone! It’s been ages since I’ve been able to get a post up on my blog, but this isn’t the only place I blog these days either. I also blog for the museum where I work, and I have been hard at work creating posts there. My museum posts feature wildlife at the museum’s field station and citizen science, so the topics I cover are a bit more diverse than what you see here, but please feel free to visit me over at the museum blog any time if you’re interested!

The holly tree that I fell in love with last year is blooming again, so I wrote a post today about the insects that you can find on the holly. I thought you all might be interested in it, so I’m reblogging it here. And, I hope to be able to bring you a new DW-exclusive post here very soon, as in tomorrow or Saturday. Check back soon!!

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Now is a great time of year for insects at Prairie Ridge!  While you can find hundreds of insect species (probably thousands!) throughout the grounds, you can see a great diversity of insects almost anywhere if you take a moment to look.  For example, one of our holly trees is blooming, the one just inside the entrance, and it is currently covered in tiny nectar-laden flowers:

Blooming holly tree

The flowers may be small, but there are a lot of them and they attract a spectacular variety of insects year after year.  Some things that you’re likely to see on this tree during the bloom are the things you might expect to see, such as bees:

Bees feeding on holly nectar

The Honey Bee pictured on the left is not native to the US, but they are important pollinators in our country nonetheless.  You’ll often find dozens buzzing around the holly during the bloom, flitting from flower to…

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