Friday, November 16, 2012
Ohio Spiderwort Insect Visitors
Ohio Spiderwort flowers open in the mornings for insect visitors, then close up during the heat of the day. The attractive blue to purple flowers have a fuzzy appearance due to the fine hairs on the filaments. Spiderwort flowers from late April through to July.
Bees are the primary visitor, for the abundant pollen in particular. Bumble Bees such as Bombus bimaculatus pictured here collect pollen to provision their nests.
Mason Bees build nests in cavities, they are the primary nester in bee boards in our area.
A great reason to leave dead, pithy branches such as Elderberry in your landscape to provide nesting habitat for this small bee.
These are one of the more difficult bee species to photograph, they're fast-moving and not as willing to stay in one place for very long.
Ohio Spiderwort is a very adaptable prairie native of medium to dry soils, in full to part sun. It's a great early spring source of pollen for our native pollinators.