The Gottlieb Native Garden

a california love story

The Gottlieb Native Garden is a flourishing ecosystem belonging to Susan and Dan Gottlieb, friends of flora and fauna and devoted environmental philanthropists. With more than 100 hand-selected plant species and hundreds of animal species, the backyard is a National Wildlife Federation-certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat and a Xerces Society-designated Pollinator Habitat.

Honey Bee or or Bee Mimic?

Mimicry is one of many interesting strategies for survival in the animal kingdom. This Syrphid Fly is a European Honey Bee mimic.  Honey bees have the ability to sting, so this fly’s disguise will get it respect from many animals.  But the question arises; why would a mimic for a European bee species be in the GNG? Because this fly species hitchhiked across the Atlantic and is continuing it’s ruse along side honey bees throughout North America.

Syrphid Fly - Eristalinus taeniopsfly

This aging female Honey Bee Apis mellifera struggles to free herself from a trash-spider’s web.