Well, it certainly seems cooler to me. I mean the high at the house today only made it to 94F. Plus I thought the NNE wind was a definite bonus! However no matter the weather there are things to enjoy.
The flower and the fused sepals of the Four O’clock ( Mirabilis) are my first example.
It is easy to see why the 5-fused sepals are sometimes mistaken for the flower. The sepals are just as beautiful as the actual flower!
The Leavenworth’s Eryngo ( Eryngium leavenworthii) that have not developed their inflorescences will still host the the stink bug nymphs.
This photo was from two days ago. It was just turning its gorgeous purple!
Yesterday it was further along!
An overall shot. When this annual plant really starts flowering the bees, butterflies and any number of pollinators will be crowding in to get a drink. A great splash of color for sure to an otherwise brown patch.
A new Buprestid beetle for me, the Lined Buprestis ( Buprestis lineata)! According to BugGuide, its larvae likes dead pines ( Pinus). And several of our slash pines have died this year. So we have ample supply for its larvae needs. 🙂
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The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know