Sunday, July 13, 2014

Bottlebrush tree provides fly-by feast

Our bottlebrush tree (Calistemon viminalis) is flowering again and what a wildlife magnet it is.  All day long butterflies, bees and birds fly in and out of the sticky red blooms to sip nectar and gather pollen.

Gulf fritillary sipping nectar on bottlebrush bloom

Pollen-seeking bee on bottlebrush bloom

A hummingbird rests on a bottlebrush branch in between nectar-gathering trips

Red-on-red  - A male cardinal enjoys the sweet taste of nectar

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