Fall Nectar Bonanza

I just came across a website that claims a native plant garden will starve pollinators of nectar because none of the natives bloom into fall. To that I say, “Poppycock!” We’re well into October now, and every day I watch incredible numbers of pollinators on the native goldenrods and asters blooming everywhere around me. I stand in my garden amidst a buzzing cloud of bumblebees feeding on the New England asters. I go to a park and see the goldenrods vibrating with butterflies and bees.  I took a very short walk today and photographed a dozen species of butterflies, many of whom were feeding on asters. I present the beautiful proof here for your enjoyment. #PlantNativesForCryingOutLoud

Common buckeye on asters w sig
Common Buckeye, feeding on asters
wild indigo duskywing on asters w sig
Wild Indigo Duskywing, looking a bit tattered, feeding on asters
Bronze copper on asters w sig
Bronze Copper, feeding on asters
Meadow fritillary on asters w sig
Meadow Fritillary, feeding on asters
common checkered skipper on asters w sig
And Common Checkered Skipper, also feeding on asters

 

9 thoughts on “Fall Nectar Bonanza”

  1. I had pollinators till the end of last week with a Painted Lady and a Peck’s Skipper. They love my later blooming New England Asters. I even had a hummer last Friday Oct. 11th! People who say native gardens are not active with pollinators into mid to late October are obviously not looking close enough. Great topic Kim!

    1. Thanks, Cindy! As the season winds down, every butterfly and dragonfly I see is extra special. I was surprised to find a dozen butterfly species yesterday…only four species of odes though.

  2. Experts are sometimes only expert in their own minds. I was listening to a podcast by a popular doctor this week and he made a statement that I also think is poppycock and I’m sure I could find a dozen doctors who would agree with me. Thanks for the photos Kim.

    1. Ardys, it’s a bit scary when you think about how much misinformation is circulating on the internet, and how many people don’t know how to distinguish bad from good information sources, or even how to do the most basic research to confirm stuff. No wonder the world is in such chaos all the time.

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