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Wasp on goldenrod flowers

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Wasp on Goldenrod Flowers 6460

By the latter part of September the goldenrod (Solidago spp.) was hitting its stride, and various insects were attracted to the bright flowers. Here you see a wasp on a goldenrod inflorescence on September 22 at an undeveloped piece of prairie between Josh Ridge Blvd. and Harris Ridge Blvd. in northeast Austin. For a closeup of the wasp and the open flowers near it, click the excerpt below, after which you’ll have a better view of the pollen on the insect’s antenna, among other things.

Wasp on Goldenrod Flowers 6460A


I’m attending a Native Plant Society of Texas field trip today. You’re welcome to leave comments, but I may be late in replying.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 18, 2015 at 4:55 AM

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  1. Congratulations on your awards and winning photographs last night at the NPSOT awards and banquet.

    Frank Wus

    October 18, 2015 at 3:30 PM

  2. Hope your expedition was fabulous! The wasp certainly is. I see from Frank’s comment that you have been recognized for some of your marvelous accomplishments. Hurray! Cheers! Yay!


    October 18, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    • Thanks, K.I. They gave me the Digital Media Award for this blog, which has been running for 4 years and 4 months now and which, as you well know, promotes our native plants.

      The field trip today was to the Shield Ranch, which I’d visited years ago on a similar field trip. Central Texas has gone back into a drought, so things were looking mostly sparse, but there are always exceptions, in this instance most conspicuously Maximilian sunflowers and plateau goldeneye.

      All in all we had a good time but felt tuckered out after three days of activities.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 18, 2015 at 10:07 PM

      • Ah, yes, I’d forgotten we are the “same age” as bloggers. Must’ve been something in the air…. So great that the NPSoT recognizes what a feat your blog continues to accomplish in teaching a whole slew of us so much about the native flora—and fauna—and gives us an ever-deeper appreciation of them. Major bonus points for so many Pretty Pictures to admire and, lest we forget, an endless stream of puns. 😀 !!!

        Rest up, now. You’ve more than earned it.


        October 19, 2015 at 1:22 PM

        • Being the same blogging age makes us coeval, but hopefully not co-evil (and there goes another dip in that Endless Stream—which reminds me that a bit northwest of Austin there’s a village named Nameless). If only my pretty pictures moved, they could be the cine qua non of nature blogging.

          Steve Schwartzman

          October 19, 2015 at 1:49 PM

  3. Kudos for your recognition, Steve. Four years of daily blogging about plants is quite an accomplishment and deserves an award…or two or three.

    Steve Gingold

    October 19, 2015 at 5:09 AM

    • I thank you, my namesake and fellow photographer, for your kudos and for your own pictures.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 19, 2015 at 7:29 AM

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