Here at My Gardener Says… it’s anole week. In addition to squabbling anoles, another green reptilian gnome sits pretty in a fluff of Blue curls, Phacelia congesta.
Comfy and sweet in its chosen bed of blooms, this roving reptile isn’t just chilling. Lying in wait for pollinators, it snatched a couple of tiny native bees and another winged-thing as I watched, though was deferential as a honeybee buzzed by its head. I snickered too much to catch a photo of that.
Perched just above the green hunter’s snout is the aforementioned winged thing–maybe a mosquito? The anole turned its head deliberately and in lightening-fast movement, converted the insect to a snack.
Anoles are garden predators and will eat anything smaller than themselves–except for honeybees, I guess. Maybe the green goblin can learn something about honeybee consumption from this female Summer Tanager, Piranga rubra.
Typically, Summer Tanagers catch bees on the wing. This time of year, every year, they visit my garden and a few bees become meals for the birds. In a light rain, she hung out next to the hives, gobbling the bees crawling on the ground.
Watch out for that stinger!