Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The real star of the show

Oh my, just so many photos to share, so many cool things to show you. But how do I get to them all before they are "out of season"? I probably have enough spring wildflower photos to get us into December! And now the summer wildflowers are starting to come out...

Anyway, one thing at a time, I suppose. A while back I took some photos of a favored spring wildflower, Two-flowered Cynthia (don't ask me where the name comes from).

Eventually, movement caught my eye, and my focus shifted...

... my attention now on the real star of the show.

Not terribly disturbed by my presence, this long-antennaed friend made its way all around the flower.

Let's get a closer look at our specimen...

Checking out things below

Look at that foot!

Can bugs play peek-a-boo?

I think so!


Kelly said...

I love the beautiful flower....and I love your little buggie playing peek-a-boo! Seems like the bugs are out and about and the stars of the show lately! He's very cute. I love the long antenna!

NW Nature Nut said...

I love love love those. It is becoming bug season and it sure is fun to find new ones. I wonder what he is? Oh, and the flowers are pretty too!

Heather said...

Kelly - Thanks, this little guy kept my attention for quite a while. It was really fun and fascinating to watch him through my macro filters.

Michele - As I come across more bug photo ops, I'll try to post them. They certainly are interesting! I don't know what he is, and for now I'm not working too hard on bug ID - just enjoying them. In time, though.

Ginnymo said...

Nice photos of the flower and the bug!! Neat looking thing..Ha!

Meg said...

Getting caught up on your blog is always such a TREAT! The two-flowered Cynthia reminds me of a cosmos, no? The bug looks like something out of a Pixar movie. Guess those artists study the real thing, huh?
And I loved the "last" Wilds post. The damselfly--so beautiful. Looks like the weekend was a blast. Nothing like having a naturalist at your side. Or swerving from one thing to the next, as it were: )
Thanks for your kinds words on my now-in-hiatus-blog. And don't worry, I'm going to have fun visiting while not-posting!
: )

Heather said...

Ginny - Thanks. Not as cute as squirrels and chipmunks, but interesting nonetheless!

Hi Meg - Good to hear from you! I know what you mean about the TF-Cynthia looking like Cosmos - both are a member of the very large Aster family, so it's not surprising that there's a resemblance.
And that bug? Don't know what it is, but you're right on about the Pixar thing!! Yes, the Wilds weekend was great. A benefit to our small group size was the fact that you could always be close to the folks who knew what everything was! Enjoy your hiatus time, and stop by again when you can.

RuthieJ said...

Cool pictures Heather! I need to learn how to take close-ups like that.
I tried to find that insect in my field guide, but the closest I could get was that maybe it was in the long-horned beetles family?

Heather said...

Hi Ruthie - I have some special macro "filters" that I use on my 18-55mm zoom lens for all these macro shots. They were super cheap, and well worth the small investment! Thanks for looking up the bug. I tried looking it up on, but didn't have much luck.