Annual cornflowers support biodiversity & native bees like the Brown Belted Bumblebee

Play Video The addition of annual plants to a primarily native yard yields huge benefits to pollinators, increases landscape biodiversity and a few can feed larval caterpillars.  A few years ago, I wanted to  extend my growing season for the wildlife. I add tons of west coast species native plants that are annuals here on…

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Green Bottle Flies: Aren’t Filthy Little Bastards

Green Bottle Flies

I find the complaint of flies as “filthy little bastards” maddening at times. Yes, this guy/gal lands on and eats dead stuff, as well as shit,- yes shit. But guess what – so do butterflies and I NEVER hear people say, “omfg, they are sooooo DIRTY.” You know why? Because butterflies are pretty so their love of filth is overlooked. While I wouldn’t want a ton of flies landing on my food – I wouldn’t want filthy butterflies on it either.

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