(Unidentified) beetle on Chicory bloom

20 07 2013

I photographed this red headed fellow at one of the McKee-Beshers sunflower fields this morning, alongside my fellow avid photographers, Heather Callin, Michael Powell and Marisa Sarto.

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20 07 2013
Charlie@Seattle Trekker

I can’t imagine such a wonderful afternoon where you can share photography tips with such a skilled group.

21 07 2013
cindydyer

Thanks, Charlie! It was a wonderful morning of shooting flowers and insects with some friends who are passionate about photography!

21 07 2013
Insectamonarca

According to Mary Holland, author Naturally Curious, “Twenty minutes of observing air-borne visitors to a patch of roadside Chicory revealed nine different species of pollinators, including bees, flies and beetles. Most of the insects were bees, which makes sense, as honeybees, leafcutting bees and ground-nesting bees are the primary pollinators of this flower. Without exception, all of the pollinating insects were covered from head to toe with Chicory’s white pollen grains. As they circled the flowers’ stamens collecting pollen, the insects’ bodies were inadvertently dusted with some of it. Thanks to these diligent pollen-collectors and transporters, American Goldfinches and other seed-eating birds will be feeding on Chicory seeds come winter.”

Isn’t it wonderful. I can see a dusting of white pollen on your beetle.

Happy pollinating,
Mary Ellen
http://www.butterflywomanpublishing.com

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