Sunday, July 31, 2011

Wingate Park Week


This week I'll be featuring pictures of insects that have been taken at Wingate Park on South Camp Road in Grand Junction. There are several flowering bushes near the picnic tables where pollinators can be found: wasps, a wide variety of bees, syrphid flies and bee flies, as well as representatives from other orders.

Today I'll just post a couple of pictures of the specific area where this week's upcoming insect photos were taken. Wingate park is a great place to take the kids for an afternoon picnic. It is not at all uncommon to see quail, rabbits, relatively large lizards, grasshoppers, several small birds, and pollinators all over the flowering bushes and shrubs, not to mention the great view of the Colorado National Monument.

The Colorado National Monument in the background.
The flowering shrubs in the picture above provide opportunities
to view all kinds of pollinating insects. Lizards are often seen on 
the cement and the rocks below. Quail are usually visible nearby.

A closer look at the flowers in these bushes.
If you look carefully, you may see some insects buzzing around.
Click twice on the picture above to find some bees.
I see at least four.