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The Wonders Of Nature [Sep. 8th, 2008|11:01 am]
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I've been wandering the land around my land collecting seeds from plants in areas the developer will scrape clean when the building starts. I found this plant and this beautiful bee toward the middle of the field where the hookers take their johns. I photographed this bee, some other small fast bees and the beautiful flower they were on.  Then I collected a bag of seeds and planted some in each of the four fields on my land. Hopefully some of them will grow and then this bee will come and visit them.

Fuzzy Yellow Bee

Fuzzy Yellow Bee

[User Picture]From: ndozo
2008-09-08 04:54 pm (UTC)
OOOh.. . I love the little fuzzy bee! I hope the trysters don't get stung.
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[User Picture]From: dinahprincedaly
2008-09-08 05:44 pm (UTC)
nice birds&bees post
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2008-09-09 08:07 pm (UTC)
Your flowering plant is a vervain (in the verbena family) on p. 372 of that flower book I gave you, and your "bee" is a flower fly. Notice--only one pair of wings, which you took such a great picture of. Flower flies suck nectar just like bees, and do a little pollination of some flowers as well. They don't sting.

If the land's about to be scraped, ID the plants you particularly want, to find out if they're annuals or perennials. Then dig up the perennials when they go dormant this fall (you'd mark them, to know where they are, or dig as soon as they die back.) If you're worried about trespass problems, you can ask the developer if you can remove some native plants before they're scraped off, if you can stand to talk to the developer. Usually they don't care, as long as you don't take big trees they might use. Or contact the Texas Native Plant Society and see how they go about getting permission to harvest plants ahead of construction. And the Wildflower Research Center to find out more about the plants and how to transplant them.

Grasses can be moved as root transplants in the winter...most perennials can, but not all (some have way more root than top, and you would be digging to China.)
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