Cheryl Harner's Flora and Butterfly Blog
Weedpicker's Journal: Discover the native plants of Ohio and the butterflies that utilize them.
Double Take August 28, 2007
Ah, the butterflies were so beautiful, but here is a look at another Asteraceae as well!

One of our more common late summer flowers, Wingstem, Verbesina alternifolia is a no-brainer to ID. Look closely at the stems... look, they are winged! Oh, yeah, I wish every Asteraceae was this easy. So we have this great sunflower looking plant with the winged stems. You got it now! Wingstem.

And the butterfly? Almost as easy: Gray Hairstreak. It is a Hairstreak. It is gray. This must be logic day on the botany/butterfly blog!

But this photo shows a special feature of these Hairstreaks. Check out that hind-wing. See the little "hairs"? Most of this family has special adaptations that are constantly twitched and crossed provocatively. Maybe they are suggestive of antennea to a predator... hey, maybe they are just suggestive! ;) Either way- Hairstreaks have 'em. Birds want 'em. One more protective adaptation; we humans can only guess at the reasoning behind them. But isn't it fun? No wonder I love the butterflies!

2007-08-28 22:36:22 GMT
Comments (1 total)
beautiful photos. i think we might have a few things in common. ??? just a guess though.
2007-08-29 12:04:36 GMT
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