08.10.2014 Black-eyed Susan

Well, it looks as if yesterday’s post fell on its face.  I hope you like this one a little better. 🙂

The other day, Steve Schwartzman suggested that I share some Black-eyed Susan images in the comments on his post of the same subject.   In searching my library on WP, I was surprised that I have not shared any until now.  So here is a collection of a few images of Rudbeckia hirta.

Earlier this summer, as the buds were making their appearance, I found this dewy plant in the Brickyard Conservation Area.


Although not the same plant, this is also from Brickyard.


As is this.  In that exchange of comments, the subject of a bit of a purple tone sometimes found on the cone containing the disk flowers was mentioned and it is evident in this image.

Black-eyed-Susan-071412-1000FBAnd finally…..the disk florets finding a new purpose.

Synchlora-Moth-caterpillar-072709-2That is a Wavy-lined Emerald moth larva (Synchlora aerata) from a plant in my front yard a few years back. They, and others, gather up debris to disguise themselves from predators and photographers.

I had thought my post for today would be of this morning’s setting full moon.  But our milky sky prevented that.  I hope to fare better tonight and have something to share from that and tomorrow morning and evening as well.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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21 Responses to 08.10.2014 Black-eyed Susan

  1. These excellent views of Rudbeckia hirta aren’t rude, do beckon, and don’t hurt a bit. That wavy-lined emerald moth larva is something else, literally and colloquially. Nice going.


    • Thanks, Steve. Such an imagination….I’d never make those word connections, but I like them.
      I’ve yet to see the adult moth, but maybe one of these days. I may have to stay up after dark.


  2. shoreacres says:

    What a great confirmation of that element of purple in the bloom. It’s very pretty. On the other hand, my favorites are the dew-covered bud and the floret-covered larva. If I had to choose a favorite, I’d go with the larva, because it’s the most unusual. But I think I’ll just refuse to choose and admire all three.


  3. The third is my favorite … something about the low angle is appealing. And, look at this hairs stand out. Really beautiful shots. D


  4. Andrew says:

    I love these Steve. The larva is spectacular. Why hide it for so long???


  5. I use to pick favorites and I have come to realize how limiting and pointless that was. I really enjoy your photos, I enjoy the beautiful color, the interesting detail, and I find something in each that really captures my attention…Great job.


    • Thank you, Charlie. Picking favorites doesn’t bother me and I have my own among the images I post. But each does have its own story which I hope gets across to viewers. I am glad you see some merit in each which adds to my pleasure of sharing these.


  6. Lottie Nevin says:

    The moth larva and its superb camouflage. What ingenuity! It’s so whacky. I wonder what they roll in to be able to pick up the debris. I’d love a giant one in my house to pick up all the dust and dog hair 😀


    • Yeah, that one kind of steals the limelight a bit. The caterpillar attaches bits of chewed up flower parts to spiny projections, so it is possible that there is something in its mouth that moistens the bits as they are chewed which helps them stick….or not.
      This is Synchlora aerata, but maybe over there you might find a Synchlora dysonii. 🙂

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  7. Just Rod says:

    Gorgeous all! My favourite is number two. The lava is really quite amazing.


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