Caught on the Cosmos

May 22, 2009

Cosmos flowers are somewhat like Libras. They balance.

In fact, the word,  "cosmos,"  means "harmony" or "ordered universe" in Greek.

Plant cosmos and you'll soon be enjoying colorful flowers that belong to the Asteraceae family, which also includes sunflowers, daisies and asters. Plant a variety of  colors--white, pink, orange, yellow and scarlet--and you'll see why the Spanish missions in Mexico favored cosmos.

They're beautiful and easy to grow.

An added benefit: they attract syrphids, also known as flower flies and hover flies.

Plant cosmos. Attract syrphids. Capture an image of a syrphid on a cosmos.

Caught on the cosmos.

By Kathy Keatley Garvey
Author - Communications specialist

Attached Images:

SYRPHID, aka flower fly or hover fly, lands on a cosmos. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Syrphid on Cosmos

CLOSE-UP of syrphid nectaring on a cosmos. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)