Taking a Moment

Sometimes I like to just take time to look at a single species.

So all the following photos were on Greeneyes (Berlandiera betonicifolia)!
The flowers just started blooming a few days ago. Many pollinators will visit these beauties.
There are others that come to dine on the leafy greens as well.
Even the buds are mighty pretty!
Red-lipped Green Lacewing (Chrysoperla rufilabris tentatively) nymph was my first critter.
Moments later a Spotted Cucumber Beetle (Diabrotica undecimpunctata) scurried by quickly!
Just checking. Nope not a bug. LOL.
A spittlebug’s home!

A borer or something had gone in the stem. And the little wing critter on the right was too fast for me.
Lateral-lined Sharpshooter (Cuerna costalis) nymph! In fact it is the only species with red on legs in the genus.
A small Leaf Beetle (Chrysomelidae) hung around too!
The Broad-nosed Weevil (Entiminae) are fun to find and observe. Besides I just love their short stubby snouts.
The final find. Indeed it really blended in with hairy stalk! So I think it is a sawfly larva. In fact it was pretty tiny., So definitely hard to be sure.

So I started this series of photos at 11:07am and finished at 11:46am. Thus it was more than a moment. However when you are having fun time flies. And I did see several flies. LOL.

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Keep looking!

The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know


  1. I was like you Suzanne and really wanted that species for many years. Finally bought one at a plant sale down here. No offspring yet. It grows along the highway near me but can never get seed. They usually get mowed. If you try seed, let us know how well it does from seed. I plan to collect seed from my single plant this year.
    Greeneyes is one of the plants that really stood out to me at the grasslands and really made an impression with its neat flower structure.

      1. Yes I’ve gotten two up from seed from mom, though I don’t think they like how damp my little backyard prairie is in spring here. Or the oak leaves haha. But one of the two keeps coming back!

    1. I don’t recall ever seeing it available at a North Central sale. What about at Trinity Forks? I hope I’ll have luck with seed from Mary’s.

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