Thursday, April 04, 2013
Spring, with a Side Order of Juan's Aeonium
This is actually Daughter of Juan's Aeonium (Aeonium arboreum): a cutting from the original plant which flowered this spring. The mother plant also flowered; it seems like an every other year or so event with this plant.
Anyway the honeybees are glad because they seem to love these flowers that appear to be rich in nectar.
Other buggies enjoying the aeonium are carpet beetles (Anthrenum verbasci) feeding on flower parts. Remember, the larvae of these beetles are the potential pest since they feed on animal fibers such as wool (hence the common name) but also spider web. But the adult beetles not so.
I also saw a lone winged aphid. But where there's one there may soon be many.