A Monarch butterfly feeds on nectar from the Rosin Weed blooms.
A bald-faced hornet nest of considerable size is nestled inside a nearby juniper bush. These valuable native pollinators can be aggressive if their home is disturbed. They are generally docile while foraging. The paper nests are used for only one season. New queens will emerge in the fall, mate and overwinter outside the nest. They will build a new nest in the spring in a different location. Old nests will be empty paper husks by mid-winter. This one can be safely removed after a few hard freezes.