Our plain Jane boxwood shrubs are in full bloom.
The flowers are quite unusual.
The blossoms contain both pollen and nectar, attracting numerous insects, but mostly bees.
This great purple hairstreak enjoyed the nectar.
I spotted several honeybees with full pollen baskets on their hind legs.
Flies were attracted as well to the shrubs.
This ladybug doesn't appear to be after pollen or nectar. My guess--aphids. Keep up the good work, ladybug!
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