Poached eggs for breakfast

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The bee-loved flowers above are sometimes called poached egg plant. Their official name is Limnanthes douglasii and their “more serious” common name is Douglas Meadowfoam. After trying various descriptions with Google search, “five white and yellow petals” finally yielded an image that looked like the flower I was looking for. Yay! I don’t have the motivation to figure out the bee species but if you happen to know, I would be happy if you shared your knowledge. I chanced upon these flowers in mid-May at the Strathcona Community Garden. The flowers also attract hoverflies which eat copious amounts of aphids.

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  1. The brown abdomen looks European honey bee-ish, but I should check with my kid. We walk by the Strathcona Community Garden sometimes when in Vancouver…very pretty! Thanks for finding out what these flowers are!

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    1. Thanks for the bee information Teresa. It does look like a honey worker bee. I don’t know if there are different kinds though. I like the managed wildness of the garden and the multi-fruit orchard. I noticed today that they have a small mulberry tree. My first time seeing one!

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      1. In Kaufman’s Field Guide to Insects of North America, he lists 14 species of bees and 8 species of Bumble Bees (which he puts with Carpenter Bees). Bumble Bees are our only true native social bees, he said. All true honey bees are native to the Old World. And then there are the bees in the genus Anthophora, or “digger bees” so called because they next in the ground, Centris, Diadasia, and Melissodes (which are very common and that one in your photo could be a Melissodes trinodis).

        Cool about seeing your first mulberry tree! Mulberries are very common throughout North America (we’ve seen some in Vancouver and our property has a number of them). The Red Mulberry is native and, in our opinion, tastier. The White Mulberry is from China (the traditional one that silkworms feed on) and the berries are not nearly as sweet.

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        1. Oo, thanks for all the cool bee names. I looked up images of Melissodes and noticed that it has hairy hind legs. So I took a closer look at “my bee’s” hind leg. It has a weird yellow bump! It turns out honey bees carry pollen that way – they moisten it and stick it on their back legs. So it must be a European honey bee.

          I’ve tried dry white mulberries. I liked their flavour and texture. I’ll have to try some of the fresh red ones next time I visit the Strathcona garden!

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          1. My son mentioned that there is also a black mulberry though I have yet to see one. 🙂

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            1. Hmm… I wonder if the tree at the Strathcona Community Garden is red or black. It is simply labeled Morus. I’m going to guess red.

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            2. I’ll check with my tree-obsessed son. 🙂 And if he can’t tell from the genus label, we can take a look next time we are in Vancouver!

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            3. Thanks :-)! You and your son rock!!!

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            4. My son says that all mulberry species have the genus “Morus” so it doesn’t help. He say white mulberries have smoother, shinier, smaller leaves. 🙂

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  2. Beautiful post!! Happy Saturday!

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    1. Thank you :-). Hope you had a lovely weekend.

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      1. Weekends can’t help but be lovely! :))

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        1. Sounds like you know how to spend your weekend time :-).

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  3. Beautiful flowers & beautiful photo. I’ll have to add this one to my garden, just for the bees.

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    1. Thank you :-). I’m sure the little flowers will be very happy in your beautiful garden.

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  4. Beautifully captured. Identifying species is part of the challenge and fun for me. It certainly helps remember what is what. 😀

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    1. Thanks :-). Sometimes I feel a bit overwhelmed by all the unknown plant and animal species in my photographs. But it is fun to pick a few I’m excited about and find out their names and other characteristics. I picked up a book about bees, wasps and ants (Hymenoptera) recently and I’ve been enjoying reading about their lives from the perspective of a human being who appreciates them. I feel like I’m reading about an alien world but it is happening just outside my dining room window.

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