pollinator threats

I’ll have the pollinator plate

Guess who’s coming to dinner? It’s a Pacific tree frog looking for an easy snack. Yesterday I was in the garden, still trying to catch a leafcutter in the act of cutting, when I decided to look for petal pieces in the pollinator housing. The housing is nearly full already, but I came face to face with this little guy. Cute huh? I wonder, though, how many pollinators he can eat in a day.

Pacific tree frogs make an incredibly loud sound for their size, and when they all get going at once, it is deafening. They are tiny. In the bottom photo you can it’s only about two drinking straws wide. I’ve heard they are the species that is most often recorded for background sounds when creepy nighttime noises are needed in the movies.

Anyway, I left him there. I like frogs almost as much as bees, so he (or she) gets to stay.

Pacific-tree-frog-in-pollinator-housing waiting for the pollinator plate.

This tree frog found a perfect hiding place. Just sit in one place and the food will come to you. © Rusty Burlew.


The frog is sitting on a piece of branch and probably feels right at home. © Rusty Burlew.

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  • Adorable!

    Rusty, how about showing us some more photos of your feral bee housing so we can see how high up you place it, whether it’s covered, etc.?

    I’ve made some out of drilled wood blocks, mounted at an angle about head height, and it works. I like the idea of using other materials as well.


  • Do you know if frogs can die from eating bees? My bees are always at my pond and I’ve found a couple of dead frogs lately. I wonder if they get stung if they grab bees or if the venom is toxic when they eat bees.