Friday, October 3, 2008

Bot Garden Insects

A couple of days ago, I was in the UC Botanical Garden to attend to my docent duties. The kids were fourth graders who had come to the Garden to learn about how Indians used plants. I did my best to inform them. Here they are before the tour listening to the head docent.

After the tour I took some pics of insects in the Saint Catherine's Lace, Eriogonum giganteum. The white flowers don't look particularly lacy to me, but it is gigantic compared to some other buckwheats. Many honey bees were collecting nectar and were not spooked by me or the camera. The Painted lady was a bit shy, but she kept coming back, so I eventually got a good picture of her. She looked very fresh for the beginning of October. Maybe butterfly season will extend into the fall this year.