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.

Yellow-faced Bumble Bee

Bees come in many shapes and sizes, and bumble bees are always a welcome sight in the GNG. This Yellow-faced bumble bee spent an entire morning collecting from only california poppy flowers.  I would take about 15 minutes for it to fully load-up its scopa with orange poppy pollen, then disappear for a few minutes while it unloaded its bounty at the hive, the reappear to repeat the process.

Yellow-faced bumble bee - Bombus vosnesenskii  on California Poppy - Eschscholzia californica