The Havahart SprayAway is set up to discourage the four-leggged problem and we water several hours a day to keep enough pollen for the insects. Bird baths (all 3) have to be filled daily to keep the birds happily splashing.
New this year is a bunch of blue jays. We've seen as many as 8 at a time around the birdbaths.
There are fewer butterflies this year, but plenty of other interesting insects to watch, including skippers, bees, wasps, etc.
|Honey bee on Heliotrope|
Bee and pollinator protection organizations:
Great Pollinator Project http://www.greatpollinatorproject.org/
Bee Guardian Foundation http://www.beeguardianfoundation.org/
Xerces U.K. http://www.xerces.org/
Step Project Worldwide http://step-project.net/
Pollinator Partnership http://www.pollinator.org/
Wings and Seeds http://wingsandseeds.org/2012/03/08/kinomaagewin-aki-teachings-from-the-earth/
North American Buddhists and Pollinator Protection
U. S. Forest Service Pollinator Protection http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/friendlypractices.shtml/
Public Radio International Living On Earth http://www.loe.org/index.html
Ohio State University Bees and Pollination http://osu.campusguides.com/agnic_bees_pollination
Beyond Pesticides http://www.beyondpesticides.org/pollinators/index.htm
|Honey bee on Purple Heart|
|Joe Pye Weed attracts several insects seeking pollen - what's this one?|
|Carpenter or Bumble bee on Heliotrope|
|Skipper on Vitex flowers|
Gardens With Wings can help identify skippers.
Oh, and if you are on Facebook, "like" http://www.facebook.com/#!/4wasps
They regularly post photos of bees, wasps and other Beneficials.