We have two species of Snowberry here at Leaning Oaks. The taller of the two is this one, Common Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus), which ironically, is the less common of the two. Here they don't always fruit, but when they do the white berries are a welcome sight on dreary winter days. In the spring they have small bell-shaped flowers which are often visited by bumble bees and both Rufous and Anna's Hummingbirds. Snowberries are the food plant for a number of native moth caterpillars including the dapper and unusual Snowberry Bee Hawk Moth (Hemerus diffinis) a daytime flying, bee mimic we most often see feeding on our Dwarf Liliac.
Two biologists on a beautiful property armed with cameras, smart phones and a marginal knowledge of websites took up the challenge of documenting one species a day on that property. Join along! Posts and photographs by Leah Ramsay and David Fraser (unless otherwise stated; started January 1, 2014.