It’s good to watch to watch plants coming to life again, and I’m also glad to see more wildlife. I’m seeing more bees – large and small. I can’t identify most of them, but I can usually spot Carpenter bees (Xylocopa spp.). I learned recently they’re not bumble bees, although they certainly look similar. Carpenter bees have a shiny black abdomen, and are often referred to as the bee with a ‘shiny butt’. This one was getting nectar by puncturing blueberry blossoms.
I’m not seeing many butterflies except the ones that have emerged from chrysalises I kept outside this winter. So far there have been two black swallowtails and three pipevine swallowtails, including this one shortly after it emerged.
We’ve also had a pair of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks at our bird feeder. We often see them in the spring and fall as they pass through Kentucky. The females resemble large sparrows, but males, like this one, are easy to identify.
It’s fun to watch the comings and goings this time of year. What spring activity are you seeing?