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Summer Scenes: Butterflies and Bees

And a squirrel too. Send us your summer scenes.

Local photographer Frank Mercuri has shared his work on wildlife with us. The photos of the bees were taken at Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge in Shirley and the rest right in Frank's backyard.

Send us your summer scenes, we would love to share them. If you have some photos you would like to share email them to jennifer.sloat@patch.com

Tom Gillen August 15, 2011 at 10:40 PM
Great shots Frank. Bees and I don't get along, so I have to use my 500mm to shoot them lol. You should check out the butterfly exhibit at Atlantis Marine World
Frank Mercuri August 15, 2011 at 11:03 PM
Thanks Tom will look into it. The bees were photograph with a Canon 70-210 mm from my EOS film camer monted on my EOS Rebel. I have found that bees only attack if disturebed. I was cleaning my daughter's gutter a few years back and was attacked by a smarm nesting in the roof shingles. I was blessed with 25 bites. I have a 500mm mirror lens for my Minolta but it is manually operated and a pain. Thanks for the info.
Louise August 15, 2011 at 11:30 PM
When I had my garden re-landscaped by Main St. Nursery in Huntington, nepeta was planted in the scheme. Little did I realized how many butterflies and bees this plant would attract. Mostly plain white butterfiles but every now and then a beautiful black butterfly visits. Nepeta is also called catnip which may explain why the bees appear drunken by the plant. They never take aim at me! Now that my crepe myrtle tree is blooming, even more butterfiles and bees are in evidence. My pet birds are fascinated by all the activity.
Cathy Clausen August 17, 2011 at 02:35 AM
Very nice shots. Have you seen the Butterfly House at Sweetbriar Nature Center? they do a great little program on polinaators for school field trips and scouts. The Butterfly House is an amazing low cost alternative to others at $3/adult $2/child or senior. With special time for kids weekends 12-1. But the exhibit is open any non-rainy day through month of september. Great photo op for all ages! Private photo times available for additional cost with reservatoins.
Frank Mercuri August 17, 2011 at 04:06 PM
Thank you. Yes I have been there a couple of times. The grand kids ejoyed it. Took some shots there even one of a butterfly landing on my pant leg. They have some nice siecies. There is also a butterfly haven sort of at Smith Point park You can call them and ask about the migration time. The time varies as does the location.

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