A Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) visits a yacon flower in our garden in Ha’iku, Maui. Photography by David Fry.
Our basil always attracts a bee swarm. Today, while weeding the garden, I noticed red dots on some of the bees. While I was initially worried it could be varroa destructor mites, friends on the internet have assured me it’s just red pollen. I feel lucky to have so many bees, considering how many places are suffering colony collapse disorder. But in upcountry Maui, we are lucky to be surrounded by many other families with organic gardens and small farms that keep bees happy and healthy.