Brown-eyed Susan

What a beautiful flower that is going strong right now. The color is spectacular! The critters that visit them are cool too!

This Brown-eyes Susan (Rudbeckai hirta var pulcherrima) right outside my door caught my eye this morning. The disk flowers (the center part) seemed to almost shimmer.

Not quite open yet.

A straight up column on the disk flowers!

Small black beetle!

Little bit of red on the ray flowers (petals).

Another shape to the disk flowers.

Geometer caterpillar!

I think it is a Syrphus fly of the Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies) family.

Bee getting dinner!

Another Geometer caterpillar!

This was the winner with the most species on it. It was crowded with two geometers, a weevil, and a long-horned flower beetle.

A young katydid. You can tell it is a katydid by the very long antennas.

The grasshopper’s antennas are much shorter.

Someone took a bite out of the top!

Ladybug on the hairy leaves!

This is the host plant for the Silvery Checkerspot! I will have to keep my eyes out for the caterpillar.

Details of the disk flowers!

The underside angle!

So many creatures use the Brown-eyed Susans. And all of the above was found just today!

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Keep looking!


  1. The first pic is perfect. No insects have found it yet. The one with multiple critters is a wonderful. Thanks

  2. This is a delightful post, Mary. Brown-eyed Susans make me smile! Thanks for capturing all the visitors too – geometer caterpillars are fascinating.

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