They’re back, part 3
Continuing with the earlier-than-usual sunflowers in Austin this year, here’s the center of a fully open flower head from the group of plants I photographed on April 19. Notice the small bug at 1 o’clock and the much smaller larva at 9 o’clock that were visiting the sunflower. Sights like this remind me that before Europeans brought honeybees to the Americas, all the plants here somehow managed to get themselves pollinated without a word of English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, or Dutch ever having been heard in this hemisphere.
© 2012 Steven Schwartzman