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Another little creature on a flower

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Acmaeodera Beetle on Skeleton Plant Flower 2395

Not far in space or time from where I photographed the crab spider on a Texas thistle at the Purgatory Creek Natural Area in San Marcos on April 27th, I saw Acmaeodera beetles on flowers of the skeleton-plants (Lygodesmia texana) that were out in goodly numbers (both the beetles and the skeleton-plants).

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 27, 2016 at 5:03 AM

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  1. Strong focus, Steve. Well done!


    May 27, 2016 at 7:21 AM

  2. I see that I managed to get an aperture of f/10 on this picture, small enough to keep the insect’s head (which I focused on) and the front half of its body in focus, along with most of the stamens in the flower head.

    Steve Schwartzman

    May 27, 2016 at 7:32 AM

  3. Such lovely color and detail.

    Lemony (Gr)Egghead

    May 27, 2016 at 7:40 AM

    • Speaking of details, the small white spots on the beetle harmonize with the even smaller grains of pollen.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 27, 2016 at 7:57 AM

  4. You explore worlds hidden to most.

    Jim Ruebush

    May 27, 2016 at 10:00 AM

  5. That’s a great beetle! Love the speckles on the carapace 🙂

  6. Superb shot.


    May 27, 2016 at 3:40 PM

  7. Fantastic detail


    May 27, 2016 at 8:08 PM

  8. Nice control of the white/extremely pale lavender in such strong sunlight. The beetle makes for nice contrast…as well as added interest.

    Steve Gingold

    May 28, 2016 at 2:45 PM

    • Thanks, Steve. To tell the truth, in this case the camera recorded things just fine and I barely needed to do any adjusting in software.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 28, 2016 at 3:50 PM

  9. A beetle with good taste in flowers! Love those speckles ..


    May 29, 2016 at 1:42 AM

  10. This is another example of limited experience leading to wrong assumptions. The only skeleton flowers I’ve found were near Medina in October of last year. I assumed they were late summer or early fall flowers. Now it seems that, like the white prickly poppies I photographed on the same day, they’re findable in late spring.

    Another deeply ingrained assumption has been disproved recently. When you posted your field of basketflowers, I assumed that ours had come and gone already, or never had bloomed. My inner midwesterner assumed that north = colder = later blooms.

    In fact, after having studied basket flowers in their early stages last weekend, I was surprised to see great stands of them around here while I was out and about yesterday. They’re still in bud: many of them, barely so.
    It’s a curious thing. Perhaps you’ve had more sun and warmth than we have. This year, that’s entirely possible. A friend with an organic farm in Rockport is having a produce-picking party next weekend to help save as much produce as possible after their floods. The picking will be done by kayak.


    May 29, 2016 at 7:42 AM

    • Wow: picking fruits and vegetables by kayak. I hope someone documents it.

      I’ve gotten familiar with plenty of species that have a peak season but that bloom in lesser amounts for much of the year. The first few that come to mind are prairie verbena, silverleaf nightshade, greenthread, and the common sunflower.

      It’s good you didn’t miss this year’s crop of basket-flowers. I hope you get some good pictures of the great stands you mentioned when they’re at their peak.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 29, 2016 at 8:04 AM

  11. The first glimpse of that beetle made me jump.
    In the future I’ll have brace myself better for images of creepy-crawlies in your posts :S

    My Small Surrenders

    May 29, 2016 at 7:18 PM

    • Sorry to make you jump. Most of the little critters that have appeared here are benign, at least to people.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 30, 2016 at 12:10 AM

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