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How to Attract Hummingbirds

What Flowers Do Hummingbirds Like?

Two plants that have had the most success in the yard at attracting hummingbirds are two species of Salvia (from Proven Winners):

  • Rockin Blue Suede Shoes Salvia (shown above)
  • Black and Blue Salvia

Two noticeable differences between the two varieties of salvia are the color of the flower and the amount of blooms.

Blue Suede Shoes Salvia Black and Blue Salvia
Light blue flowers Deep vibrant blue flowers
More flowers Less flowers

Both species are annuals that are grown in containers and are excellent at attracting a variety of pollinators, including honey bees.

The hummingbirds visit the salvia more frequently than the liquid feeders and far more frequently than the Fuscia and Lantana.

Patio Life is exhibiting at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH. The exhibit features over 20 large format reproductions of insects, a 6 foot wide map of where the insects were photographed and the book, Patio Life.

Patio LifeLooking for a book on bugs?

The 8 x 8 inch, 124-page book is printed on Mohawk Superfine ultrawhite eggshell archival, acid-free paper and comes in a custom designed 8.5 x 8.5 inch box.

If you plant it – they will come!

Top Attractions

  • Black and Blue Salvia

  • Blue Suede Shoes Salvia

  • Nectar Feeders

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Black and Blue Salvia
Midnight Blue Salvia
Black and Blue Salvia
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Blow Fly

House flies do not eat solid foods – instead, they regurgitate vomit onto their food source – the vomit contains enzymes that liquify the food so it can be sucked up.

Patio Life is exhibiting at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH (closed until further notice). The exhibit features over 20 large format reproductions of insects, a 6 foot wide map of where the insects were photographed and the book, Patio Life.

Patio LifeLooking for a book on bugs?

The 8 x 8 inch, 124-page book is printed on Mohawk Superfine ultrawhite eggshell archival, acid-free paper and comes in a custom designed 8.5 x 8.5 inch box.

Patio Life is also available at the Griffin Museum of Photography‘s book show.

If you plant it – they will come!

TAXONOMY

Kingdom: Animal
Phylum: Arthropods
Class: Insects
Order: Flies (Diptera)
Family: Blow Flies (Calliphoridae)

Genus: Calliphora

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Northern Paper Wasp

Paper wasps are one of the most common vespid wasps seen around home. Most vespid wasps are social insects, living in a colony that includes a queen and its male and infertile female workers. Paper wasps build their nests from wood fibers. They chew and mix the wood fibers with their saliva to form a pulp which is used to construct a paper-like nest, found above or below ground. When threatened, these wasps can sting multiple times.

Patio Life is exhibiting at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH (closed until further notice). The exhibit features over 20 large format reproductions of insects, a 6 foot wide map of where the insects were photographed and the book, Patio Life.

Patio LifeLooking for a book on bugs?

The 8 x 8 inch, 124-page book is printed on Mohawk Superfine ultrawhite eggshell archival, acid-free paper and comes in a custom designed 8.5 x 8.5 inch box.

Patio Life is also available at the Griffin Museum of Photography‘s book show.

If you plant it – they will come!

TAXONOMY

Kingdom: Animal
Phylum: Arthropods
Class: Insects
Order: Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies (Hymenoptera)
Family: Yellowjackets and Hornets, Paper Wasps; Potter, Mason and Pollen Wasps (Vespidae)

Genus: Paper Wasps (Polistes)
Species: Northern Paper Wasp

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Tiger Swallowtail

This Tiger Swallowtail is typically one of the first butterflies, along with the Cabbage Whites, to arrive in the Spring. They can be found basking in the sun with their large wings outstretched to collect the rays of the sun to warm up their body temperatures so they can fly.

Patio Life is exhibiting at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH (closed until further notice). The exhibit features over 20 large format reproductions of insects, a 6 foot wide map of where the insects were photographed and the book, Patio Life.

Patio LifeLooking for a book on bugs?

The 8 x 8 inch, 124-page book is printed on Mohawk Superfine ultrawhite eggshell archival, acid-free paper and comes in a custom designed 8.5 x 8.5 inch box.

Patio Life is also available at the Griffin Museum of Photography‘s book show.

If you plant it – they will come!

TAXONOMY

Kingdom: Animal
Phylum: Arthropods
Class: Arachnids
Order: Insects (Lepidoptera)
Family: Swallowtail

Genus: Papilio

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Baltimore Oriole

The closest thing I found to baseball this Spring is this Baltimore Oriole. It’s also the first time seeing this orange bird in person – as a result of its unique call and  bright flash of orange.  It stays busy eating the budding fruit off the trees and also the oranges slices and grape jelly from the feeder.

Patio Life is exhibiting at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH (closed until further notice). The exhibit features over 20 large format reproductions of insects, a 6 foot wide map of where the insects were photographed and the book, Patio Life.

Patio LifeLooking for a book on bugs?

The 124 pages, 8 x 8 inch book is printed on Mohawk Superfine ultrawhite eggshell archival, acid-free paper and comes in a custom designed 8.5 x 8.5 inch  box with a package of seeds to start your own version of Patio Life.

Patio Life is also available at the Griffin Museum of Photography‘s book show.

If you plant it – they will come!

TAXONOMY

Kingdom: Animal
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Birds
Order: Passerines
Family: Icterids

Genus: Icterus
Species: I. galbula

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Assassin Bug Nymph

Assassin bugs undergo three stages: egg, nymph (shown above) and adult. The nymphs will molt several times and by summer will reach adult stage and develop wings. These bugs are beneficial to the garden as they feed on a variety of detrimental pests, such as aphids.

Patio Life is exhibiting at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH (closed until further notice). The exhibit features over 20 large format reproductions of insects, a 6 foot wide map of where the insects were photographed and the book, Patio Life.

Patio LifeLooking for a book on bugs?

The 124 pages, 8 x 8 inch book is printed on Mohawk Superfine ultrawhite eggshell archival, acid-free paper and comes in a custom designed 8.5 x 8.5 inch  box with a package of seeds to start your own version of Patio Life.

Patio Life is also available at the Griffin Museum of Photography‘s book show.

If you plant it – they will come!

TAXONOMY

Kingdom: Animal
Phylum: Arthropods
Class: Insecta
Order: True Bugs (Hemiptera)
Family: Assassin Bugs (Dysderidae)

Genus: Zelus
Species: Zelus Tetracanthus

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Patterns and Shadows

The Pillbug has been selected by juror Paula Tognarelli as a ‘jurors choice’ in the 2020 Patterns and Shadows International call for entry at the New York Center for Photographic Art which included over 900 images submitted.

Patio Life is also exhibiting at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH. The exhibit features over 20 large format reproductions of insects, a 6 foot wide map of where the insects were photographed and the book, Patio Life.

Patio LifeLooking for a book on bugs?

The 124 pages, 8 x 8 inch book is printed on Mohawk Superfine ultrawhite eggshell archival, acid-free paper and comes in a custom designed 8.5 x 8.5 inch  box with a package of seeds to start your own version of Patio Life.

Patio Life is also available at the Griffin Museum of Photography’s book show.

If you plant it – they will come!

TAXONOMY

Kingdom: Animal
Phylum: Arthropods
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Isopods (Isopoda)
Family: Pillbugs (Armadillididae)

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Book on Bugs

Looking for a book on bugs?

Patio Life is also available at the Griffin Museum of Photography’s book show, opening Sunday, March 15, 2020.

The 124 pages, 8 x 8 inch book is printed on Mohawk Superfine ultrawhite eggshell archival, acid-free paper and comes in a custom designed 8.5 x 8.5 inch  box with a package of seeds to start your own version of Patio Life.

Patio Life is currently exhibiting at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH from February 7 – March 27, 2020. The exhibit features over 20 large format reproductions of insects, a 6 foot wide map of where the insects were photographed and the book, Patio Life.

NH Magazine, lists Patio Life as one of the “Top 10 Best Free Events During March” in New Hampshire.

If you plant it – they will come!

Patio Life
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Top 10 Best Free Events During March in NH

NH Magazine, lists Patio Life as one of the “Top 10 Best Free Events During March” in New Hampshire.

Patio Life is exhibiting at the 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH from February 7 – March 27, 2020. The exhibit features over 20 large format reproductions of insects, a 6 foot wide map of where the insects were photographed and the book, Patio Life.

The 124 page, 8 x 8 inch book is printed on Mohawk Superfine ultrawhite eggshell archival, acid-free paper and comes in a custom designed 8.5 x 8.5 inch  box with a package of seeds to start your own version of Patio Life is available to order here.

If you plant it – they will come!

TAXONOMY

Kingdom: Animal
Phylum: Arthropods
Class: Arachnids
Order: Spiders (Arineae)
Family: Woodlouse Hunters (Dysderidae)
Genus: Dysdera
Species: Dysdera Crocata

Top 10 Best Free Events During March in NH2020-03-14T16:05:05+00:00

Patio Life at 3S Artspace, Portsmouth, NH

Patio Life will be exhibiting at the 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH from February 7 – March 27, 2020. The exhibit opens Friday, February 7, 2020 at 5 pm. The exhibit features over 20 large format reproductions of insects, a 6 foot wide map of where the insects were photographed and the book, Patio Life.

The 124 page, 8 x 8 inch book is printed on Mohawk Superfine ultrawhite eggshell archival, acid-free paper and comes in a custom designed 8.5 x 8.5 inch  box with a package of seeds to start your own version of Patio Life is available to order here.

If you plant it – they will come!

Patio Life Book
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Patio Life at 3S Artspace, Portsmouth, NH2020-01-23T01:58:48+00:00