By Helen Fischel, Associate Director, Education
Several years ago I certified our backyard as a habitat through the Delaware Nature Society/National Wildlife Federation program. Not only does water, shelter, and a place to raise young exist in the spaces surrounding the house, but there is also tremendous diversity of life that surprises me season after season and year after year.
During one of my latest lawn mowing sessions the following was observed: honey bees collecting pollen (check out the back legs), ants grooming aphids, and paper wasps all on blooming native plants. These photos show my wildlife discoveries amidst all the flowers.
These spectacular sights continue to intrigue me. I love to mow the lawn since it is one more way to spend time outside looking for the diversity of life in the Fischel backyard landscape.
Consider giving yourself the gift of a Certified Backyard Habitat this year. The Delaware Nature Society will be happy to assist you in your efforts to bring more beauty to the backyard!
Prize Alert! The first person to correctly identify the insect in the last (bottom) photo will win a Backyard Habitat Consultation and a free tree to help attract wildlife. Use the “Comments” section to submit your guess.