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Another visitor to the false dayflower

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Hemipenthes scylla on Tinantia anomala 3020

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As I photographed a group of false dayflowers, Tinantia anomala, in Great Hills Park on May 3rd, I noticed several bee flies, Hemipenthes scylla, near the flowers. These insects characteristically hover and dart in and out quite a bit, so I set my camera to 1/640 of a second and hoped for the best. That high shutter speed stopped this bee fly’s body, but not the rapidly moving wings that allow it to hover.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

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June 6, 2013 at 4:00 PM

A truly close look at the false dayflower

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Center of a False Dayflower Flower 3048

The previous picture showed an overview of Tinantia anomala, the so-called false dayflower. Here’s a closer look at the center of one so you can see how intricate this little wildflower is.

Date: May 3.  Place: Great Hills Park.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

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June 6, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Two years

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False Dayflower Flower 3001

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Two years ago today I began what turned out to be an unbroken pace of one post every day, sometimes two, and on rare occasions more. Thanks to all of you who continue to visit and offer support for the views of nature that you find here. I think you’ll agree that even though Austin lacks the majestic scenery of a Yellowstone or a Yosemite, nature here has plenty to offer, especially on a small scale, and species of plants and animals are still debuting in these pages even after 850 posts.

To mark this anniversary, let’s let today be a three-post day: one apiece to commemorate the first two years, and another to grow on as the third year begins. In this first of the three posts, which will be related, you see what’s called a false dayflower, Tinantia anomala. It’s false to say the flower is false, but people use that common name to distinguish this species from Commelina erecta, a relative that’s known simply as a dayflower.

Date: May 3.  Place: Great Hills Park, which is just half a mile from home and therefore a convenient place for me to get in touch with nature.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 6, 2013 at 6:02 AM

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