Portraits of Wildflowers

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Orange, black, and yellow

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You’ve seen several pictures in this blog of Tetraneuris linearifolia, known as a four-nerve daisy. When a flower head of this species matures, the central disk typically gradually bulges upward while the ray flowers fold down, lose much of their yellow, and take on a papery appearance. Whether this beetle nymph was taking any advantage of the four-nerve daisy other than as a place to perch, I don’t know. I also don’t know if the insect is still alive today, exactly a year after I photographed it on April 9, 2012, on the right-of-way beneath the large power lines that cross a portion of my Great Hills neighborhood in Austin.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 9, 2013 at 6:11 AM

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  1. Articulated antennae!
    What a great specimen shot.


    April 9, 2013 at 8:39 AM

  2. great shot


    April 9, 2013 at 9:14 AM

  3. The two together are a strange pairing. While I enjoy the image, I bet each on its own would be worth the capture. The flower truly intrigues me.


    April 9, 2013 at 11:31 AM

  4. Color is really nice of the plant and the beetle. Nice shot for sure.


    April 9, 2013 at 12:44 PM

  5. Wow, an incredibly difficult capture Steve. Beautifully done.

    Tina Schell

    April 9, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    • Thanks, Tina. I photographed some of these four-nerve daisies this afternoon, but the almost constant wind made my life difficult. I think the beetle held still, and I don’t remember how much of a breeze there was.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 9, 2013 at 4:28 PM

  6. Woah, extra ! I love it 🙂


    April 9, 2013 at 5:09 PM

  7. That is one remarkable photo! I love the drooping petals echoing the droopy antennae!

    Susan Scheid

    April 9, 2013 at 8:52 PM

  8. Great shot!


    April 9, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    • I had this scheduled at various times since a year ago but kept bumping it. Now seems to have been the right time for the beetle to appear, what with four-nerve daisies plentiful in Austin again.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 9, 2013 at 10:34 PM

  9. What a handsome and alert little fellow! He looks remarkably like the “Cooties” I played with as a kid. I think it’s the eyes.


    April 11, 2013 at 8:29 AM

  10. […] I take this to be woolly paperflower, Psilostrophe tagetina, which I photographed at Monahans Sandhills State Park on April 13th. For me this west Texas wildflower is exotic, but there’s a familiar Austin species, the four-nerve daisy, that also turns papery. […]

  11. […] sp.) that I found along Q Ranch Rd. on May 2nd. The ray florets in these daisies normally fold back and turn from yellow to white as they age. Whether any of that process happened after the stalk got broken and the flower head […]

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