A few weeks ago I noticed a raptor feeding on something. Turns out a Red-tailed Hawk had picked off one of the neighbourhood Eastern Grey Squirrels!
On the smaller scale of wildlife in the yard, it has been quite diverse. There have been a few butterflies, but not many except for Monarchs.
A lot of the plants in our yard and in our pollinator patch nearby are tallgrass prairie types, so they are able to withstand the heat and drought better than others. And the pollinators, which come in all shapes, colours and sizes, have loved it!
|Metallic Green Bee (Agapostemon sp)|
|A Braconid type of wasp (Macrocentrus sp)|
|Cicada Killer (Sphex speciosus)|
|A Stink Bug (Euschistus variolarius)|
|Thread-waisted Wasp (Isodontia sp)|
|Green Bottle Fly (Lucillia sericata)|
|Wasp (Monrobia quadridens)|
|Mydas Fly (Mydas clavatus)|
|Paper Wasp (Polistes sp)|
|Swamp Milkweed Leaf Beetle (Labidomera clivicollis)|
|A Syrphid Fly (Syrphus torvus)|
|A Tachinid Fly (Dexiini sp)|
|Two-spotted Longhorn (Melissodes maculatus)|
There is always a lot to see, especially when you have a healthy pollinator garden!