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Posts Tagged: Mexican sunflower

Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

A Gulf Fritillary sips nectar from a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia), unaware of what will soon occur. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Butterflies flutter.  Bees don't. Indeed, some bees seem to possess Superman's extraordinary power of "faster than a speeding bullet."  They're just lacking a blue costume, a red cape and an "S" on their thorax. The butterfly doing the...

Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Touchdown! At Last!

Gulf fritillary butterfly. Agraulis vanillae, lands on Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

For months, I've been waiting ah, so patiently (well, not always s-o-o-o patiently) for the gulf fritillary butterfly to touch down on our Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. A perfect match, I figured. The showy reddish-orange butterfly (Agraulis...

Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Lying in Wait

Crab spider on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

They're ambush predators. Here you are, a bee, touching down on a flower and little do you know there's a patient and persistent crab spider lying in wait.  Sometimes they're camouflaged, matching the color of a blossom, like a yellow crab spider...

Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 9:58 PM
Tags: crab spider (2), Mexican sunflower (31), Tithonia (29)

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