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A tiny bee

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Strangely, this tiny bee didn’t leave the Texas stork’s bill (Erodium texanum) even when I handled the flower. To give you a sense of scale, I’ll add that flowers of this species are about one inch across (for the metrically minded, that’s 2.5 cm). If you’d like a closer look at the unbothered bee, click the icon below. The date was April 1st, Easter Sunday, and the place was Yaupon Dr. in my extended neighborhood.

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April 16, 2018 at 5:01 AM

Standing milk-vetch flowers

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At the top of Scott’s Bluff in western Nebraska on May 29th I saw flowers of standing milk-vetch, Astragalus laxmannii.

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August 30, 2017 at 4:55 AM

What I found yesterday

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Went walking yesterday morning along the North Walnut Creek Trail to see if any bluebells (Eustoma exaltatum ssp. russellianum) had come up where I’d found them last year. Sure enough, a few had, and they were adjacent to some Maximilian sunflowers (Helianthus maximiliani). If you know those sunflowers, you may be surprised at how early they’re blooming. Prepare to be more surprised when I tell you I found some already flowering along this trail on June 21st, a good two months before even the earliest part of their traditional bloom period.

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July 25, 2017 at 4:55 AM

Euphoria on a Texas thistle

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In a comment yesterday on the recent post showing plants flowering on the Blackland Prairie, Lisa asked whether I had a closeup of a Texas thistle. I answered that I might show a current picture of one in the days ahead. Now let me be more decisive, take the thistle by the thorns*, and post a photograph I took on May 6th of a Cirsium texanum in Cedar Park. Burrowing euphorically into the flower head was a Euphoria kernii beetle.

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* Technically speaking, a thistle has spines or prickles rather than thorns, but you wouldn’t want me to pass up a good alliterative alternative to “take the bull by the horns,” would you?

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May 11, 2017 at 4:46 AM

Purple wood-sorrel

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In my back yard on September 8th I found this little purple wood-sorrel flower (Oxalis drummondii). When I say little I mean maybe five-eighths of an inch (15mm) across.

(Yesterday at Muir Woods National Monument in California I saw plenty of redwood sorrel (Oxalis oregana), though none of it was flowering.)

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October 30, 2016 at 5:01 AM

A touching portrait

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In contrast to yesterday’s image, here’s an in-focus view of Liatris mucronata, known as blazing-star or gayfeather. You’re looking at details of two flower spikes pressing one against the other.

Like the last two posts, this one is from the prairie in Pflugerville on September 28.

Beginning today we’re headed west on a driving tour, so you’ll understand if posts thin out and replies to comments take longer than usual.

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October 16, 2016 at 5:03 AM

A typical fall combination of wildflowers

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From September 28 on the prairie in Pflugerville, here’s a typical fall scene in central Texas. The purple is known as gayfeather or blazing-star (Liatris mucronata). The yellow flowers at the top are goldenrod (Solidago spp.), while the scattered smaller yellow flowers are broomweed (Amphiachyris dracunculoides).

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October 14, 2016 at 4:52 AM

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