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AFRICAN DAISY

full bloom african daisy
The African Daisy in full Bloom

Also referred to as Goddess Of The Sun, The African daisy flowers reflect the beauty and the burning color of the sun. They are herbaceous annuals which close at night, in the shade, and during cloud cover, and Bloom between April and August.

Photo: Remshalden, Germany. June, 2014
Flower Facts: http://www.theflowerexpert.com/content/aboutflowers/wildflowers/african-daisy

POLLEN DRAPE

A Bumblebee in the full bloom head of a Common Dandelion
A Bumblebee covered in pollen in the full bloom head of the Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

Dandelions flower at a time of the year when few other sources of nectar and pollen are available in many gardens, providing native pollinators with a ready source of early pollen for colony-building. With full-bloomed flower heads already in early spring, they are available to pollinators including the bumblebee just as they emerge from their winter nests… And these pollinators, well they don’t take the provision for granted 🙂

Asian Willow

Pink and white leaves typical of the Salix integra
Pink and white leaves typical of the Salix integra

“Hakuro Nishiki”. Sounds like a character from a Manga (Japanese comic) 🙂

An ornamental plant, the dappled willow (“Hakuro Nishiki” in Japanese)is a species of willow native to northeastern China, Japan, Korea and Primorsky Krai in the far southeast of Russia. It is widely grown for its variegated foliage, with the leaves strongly mottled with patches and blotches of white and pale pink, as seen in the photo.

Armor of Gold

An adult male Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata)
An adult male Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata)

Nostalgic of my entomology roots, I researched some interesting facts about the species.

Identification:
39-48mm in length, the brown colour and the four spots at the nodus of the wings make them unmistakable.

Sexes can be differentiated by closely observing the structure of the appendages at the end of the abdomen. The upper appendages are more ‘separated’ in the females than in the males.

Habitat & Behavior:
Found mainly by ponds, vernal pools, and slow flowing rivers between the months of May and September, the male is considered to be highly aggressive and will defend a given territory from incursions from other males of the species. The male is known to form preferences for prominent perches and will often return to the same perches around the margins of pools and ponds whilst it patrols for intruders.

Photo taken in early May 2014, Remshalden, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Resource:
1,http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/wildlife/f/902/t/106254.aspx
2, http://www.british-dragonflies.org.uk/species/four-spotted-chaser
3, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four-spotted_Chaser