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Ant on pearl milkweed

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Ant on Pearl Milkweed Flower 5952

Another thing I photographed on October 30, 2013, in a “vacant” lot on Jollyville Rd. in northwest Austin was this ant on a pearl milkweed flower, Matelea reticulata. There aren’t a lot of green flowers in the world, much less flowers with a small and approximately pentagonal mother-of-pearl canopy over the reproductive heart of each one, but that’s what we’ve got in this common vine. The distance across one of these flowers is about 2/3 of an inch (17 mm).

In Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country, Marshall Enquist lists the bloom period for this species as April–July, but I’ve also found milkweed vines flowering in the fall, as this photograph from the end of October confirms.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 27, 2014 at 6:04 AM

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