Bugs and more for “O” stories voting

I hate bugging people, but The Alphabet Challenge “O” Stories voting still lags the voting for the last round . . . not by a little, either.

But, I get it . . . two conventions, hurricanes, fires . . . four concurrent disasters are maybe too much to handle and still have time to read. It takes someone with a lot of grit and fortitude to make time to read the stories.  

If you are one such reader, and if you’ve not already done so — please read the stories and then cast a vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge O-Stories” are HERE.<<link

Let me begin the main body of the post with a type of bug I don’t see as much as I did last year . . .

It could be there are just as many around as last year and I’m not out there as much because of the oppressive heat and humidity.

Of course, I need to Topazfy at least one photo, so this is it . . .

No worries, the rest of the photos are regular photos. Like, a different dragonfly . . .

Its body is a bit washed out because a small ray of sunshine hit a portion of it and made it brighter than the surroundings. 

These next two photos are of different — but similarly-sized — butterflies.

Fiery Skipper
Peck’s Skipper

. . . they are both Skippers . . . although I see no evidence of any boats. 

Hey, remember the “find the hummingbird” photos I used to do? No? Well, it was something like this . . .

There’s a hummingbird in that photo, and it’s up to you to find it (not too difficult).

This next photo is even easier . . .

Honestly, if you cannot find the hummingbird in that photo, you should just skip these kinds of challenges.

Also, notice the solitary bee? It’s been pretty dry lately, and I think there’s a lull in flowering plants production of nectar-laden flowers. The bees are out looking for any source of nectar they can find . . . and they have found the feeders (I have 10 feeders out, and will probably end up going through a bit over 40 pounds of sugar before the season is over).

One particular feeder, they hit hard . . .

The white stuff you see on the feeder is the residue from dried saltwater. I was looking for a way to dissuade the bees from landing on the feeder and thought the salt might work as it does with ants. Nope . . . and, by the way, it doesn’t affect the hummingbirds because they don’t land there and the feeding ports are clean.

Let me show you a photo I snapped with the phone . . .

They empty one of those in about six to seven hours (8 oz. of sugar water).

. . . I wonder how they will label those jars of honey . . . “Pure, 100% honey from sugar water. Could be from GMO sugar since Disperser’s brain works just fine.

The problem is that the holes are too big and the bees can reach the solution. I like those feeders because they are easy to fill and to keep clean . . . but the company uses the same base for their oriole feeders, hence the larger holes the bees can get into.

Note: the saltwater was just there for one day. I cleaned it off when I refilled the feeder. I’ve now resolved to keep one feeder for the bees (once they find one, they tend to stick with it). What works is covering the holes with tape or plastic and poking a smaller hole. The bees can’t get in and eventually leave, while the hummers have no problems feeding. But, that increases the cleaning and refilling effort. I think next year I’ll rig something more permanent up.

How about another “find the hummingbird”?

. . . and, for them who have a difficult time with the above . . .

The new Gallery of reminders photos is HERE<<<Link. The details are even better there than here.

For them who have already read and voted, a different kind of treat . . .

. . . HERE<<link is a link to a post from 2017. Lots of different stuff, including a couple of music videos.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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