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Old Aug 8, 2009, 8:01 PM   #1
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Default Hot weather is for the....Bees!

We've had an amazing week here in East Tennessee - no rain and warm summerlike days!! It has really brought out the late-season blooms and their pollinators. I'm not sure which species of Wasp this is, but it sure was enjoying the Goldenrod pollen:
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Black-eyed Susans continue to attract many pollinators. (I wonder who Susan was - she sure has a pretty flower named for her!) These flowers are also great places for the predators to hide!
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Wild Clematis ("virgin's bower") has just started blooming. It scents the air for many yards around, and is a great favorite of Bumblebees:
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Elephantopis is another late summer bloom that just started decorating the fields. It's full of tiny "sweat bees."
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Bearpaw has been blooming for a while, but continues to attract many "critters," including Yellowjackets.
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Not sure who pollinates the Rose Pink Sabatia, but it sure does love the sunshine!
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Wheel bugs also seem to thrive on these hot, humid sunny days.
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Many moths are emerging on these hot, damp nights - perhaps it's easier to escape your coccoon when it is warm! Here's an Imperial Moth, avoiding the hot sun, out in the shady deep woods.
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Of course, the summer "bugs" and summer park visitors are enjoying meeting each other on these fine summer days!
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This Blue Dasher (dragonfly) was very cooperative. I had a large group of hikers out at his habitat, and he let each of them approach him very closely! Just kept shaking his head...
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