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Engelmann Daisy with Curled Rays 2499

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The ray flowers of the Engelmann daisy, Engelmannia peristenia, have a predilection to curl under in the heat of the day. Certain insects have a predilection to eat those rays, curled or not, as you can see from some of the chomping that has taken place here, especially at the top. And speaking of insects, Val Bugh informs me that the tiny striped insect in this photograph, which I’ve been noticing a fair number of around Austin this spring, is a predatory thrips* in the family Aelothripidae and the genus Aeolothrips. With all the rays of sunshine pouring down on the bright yellow rays of the Engelmann daisy, you might say that this little creature got to thrip the light fantastic.

Date: May 1.  Place: west side of Interstate 35 near Wells Branch Parkway in far north Austin.


* Like species and series, thrips is a noun whose singular and plural are the same.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 19, 2013 at 6:19 AM

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