06.30.2019 Black-eyed Susan perfection

Yesterday, for me, said summer has arrived when I found a large patch of Black-eyed Susans-Rudbeckia hirta- also known as Black-eyed Coneflowers- while driving through Quabbin Park.  All are lovely flowers but one struck me as a perfect specimen deserving of a close up.

The color and shading really is beautiful and each petal is perfectly formed. Although a non-native they are happily ubiquitous during our New England summers. And fortunately “she loves me, she loves me not” generally does not apply to these.

Looking around a bit further, I found one of these stunning leafhoppers on another flower.

Red-banded Leafhopper-Graphocephala coccinea.  I don’t have to travel far to find these bugs as they are numerous on the plants in our yard and don’t seem to prefer one flower species over another.

Today’s post was supposed to be a recently processed waterfall shot from last August.  But how could I not share these beauties?

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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28 Responses to 06.30.2019 Black-eyed Susan perfection

  1. Indeed. how could you not share these beauties? While black-eyed susans are native here in central Texas, I’ve never seen one looking like the specimen in your first photograph. You’ve provided an excellent rendition of an excellent find.

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    • I’ve not seen others like this either. Linda mentions that there are two subspecies and possibly this is a native that has moved in from Berkshire County. I’ll be ascertaining that as soon as I can if it is still there tomorrow.


  2. Ann Mackay says:

    That flower really is perfect – and the leaf-hopper is a little beauty. I’ve never seen such a brightly-coloured critter here!

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  3. Lemony says:

    Wow, Steve, these photos are gorgeous. While I love the first one in all its perfection, I’m particularly taken with the character and detail of the second Susan. The little leafhopper clearly was, too! 🙂

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  4. shoreacres says:

    First, the photos: they’re wonderful renditions of flowers that approach perfection (in the first instance) and are humorously interesting (in the second). That leafhopper is a charmer, too.

    I still get confused about native/non-native from time to time, and I’d assumed this flower was native in your area. My first go-to, Lady Bird’s wildflower site, listed it as native in Massachusetts, so I went over to GoBotany, and found something interesting. There are two species in your state, and one, Rudbeckia hirta var. hirta is native. GoBotany says:

    “Rudbeckia hirta L. var. hirta is known from MA, VT. It is native and of conservation concern.R. hirta var. pulcherrima Farw. is non-native and known from CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT.”

    When I saw that the native carries the common name of woodland coneflower, that it’s described as yellow-orange, and that it tends to be more hairy, I looked at your photos again and wondered if just maybe you had found one of your natives. It doesn’t really make any difference in terms of the photos’ appeal and beauty, but it’s still interesting to ponder.

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  5. Todd Henson says:

    Very nice. Great color, and you’re right, it really is a perfect example of the flower. Couldn’t ask for more. I also always find it interesting the little spider webs we find on these flowers and plants. Spiders are everything, even if we don’t see them. And the color on that leafhopper, wow. I don’t know that I’ve seen one of those before.

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    • Thanks, Todd. There is so much to wonder at in the insect class. They really are amazing in their sheer number of species and particular behaviors. Spiders really do cover a lot of ground even if, as you say, we don’t always see them. I always enjoy finding them in the meadows and fields.


  6. The first, a mandala with all of the life affirmation that the symbolism implies. The second — the leafhopper — is life on life. I’ve never seen one before. The colors are truly retina burners.

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    • They are awesome tiny creatures, aren’t they. I mentioned on someone else’s blog the other day how amazing I find it that such tiny organisms can have everything we have in miniature in order to survive. Adapted to their particular needs but so mind-boggling.
      I’ve been photographing black-eyed susans almost as long as I have had a camera and never saw one like the first.

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  7. tomwhelan says:

    The first is regular and symmetric, bur the leafhopper in the second has even more appeal. I’ve even on the lookout for them, but I haven’t seen any in my yard yet.

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  8. You are right, Steve-how could you not? I find it interesting that the leafhoppers are called red-banded. They might as well be blue-veined, or red-and-blue leafhoppers. Never having seen one, I find them beautiful.

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  9. bluebrightly says:

    Oh, more things I miss seeing! We don’t have Rudbeckia around here and I haven’t seen one of those leafhoppers in years now – I used to love seeing them! So thank you! 🙂

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