An afternoon trip to Oakland’s lovely Lakeside Garden revealed a busy world of tiny pollinators — bees, wasps, butterflies, beetles, flies, hummingbirds — at work. Other insects like flame-skimmer dragonflies (Libellula saturata) hang around the garden, too, and orange oleander aphids (Aphis nerii, not dancing today) infested some of the plants. A bride and groom, who’d gotten married at the nearby boathouse had their photos snapped among the flowers and foliage, and visitors to the two-day dahlia show also wandered through.

Monarchs are under pressure and in the news, but they are all over Oakland’s gardens.
Chlosyne palla
Diabrotica undecimpunctata
Papilio zelicaon
Libellula saturata
Flame skimmers are less skittish than other dragonfly species.
As a result, they are easy to catch, even without a net!
Aphis nerii
A “skipper” (Hesperiinae)
A spider hunter wasp
Apis mellifera on a passionflower.
A milkweed bug.
Pollination is a good thing!
A “Mexican cactus fly,” Copestylum mexicanum.

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