Fruit numbers diminish
While flowers were profuse throughout the March and April rains (5 inches/month), the number of fruits appearing were very low for the colony.  Many trees had none at all despite large numbers of flowers.  (August 30, 2016)

Flowers slightly early
Although late winter was warmer and drier than usual, a good wet March (5") brought out the blooms starting in Mid-March.  Observed black butterfly with white ovals as well as ants, with some frustration by bees although they have an abundance of wildflowers.  Quick pollination so far this year, followed by the usual wilting appearance as the new leaves appear.  (April 4, 2016)


2016 Ant Pollinators
2016 Butterfly Polllinator

Identified as a moth–an eight-spotted forester (Alypia octomaculata)

by Sheryl Smith-Rodgers, writer/photographer, Blanco, Texas