Montana Outdoors

September 5, 2010

It’s MY flower!

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 9:33 pm

Streambank butterweed

Streambank butterweedStreambank butterweed, Senecio pseudaureus

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  1. Nice detail on the bee. What kind of flowers are they? They look like little pom poms.

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    Comment by kateri — September 5, 2010 @ 9:55 pm

    • My best guess is that they are Streambank butterweed, Senecio pseudaureus, in which case they are naive only to 8 of the western states and 3 Canadian provinces. They seem to grow along with Brown-eyed Susans, but clearly they are a different plant, and I’ve found them only along the river.

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      Comment by montucky — September 5, 2010 @ 10:07 pm

  2. Very beautiful shots!!!

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    Comment by Tricia — September 5, 2010 @ 10:29 pm

  3. It’s MY flower… i wish! Very niiice!

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    Comment by Tricia — September 5, 2010 @ 10:45 pm

    • It was really funny: there were lots of these flowers in bloom along the river, and many had bees on them like this little guy and they all stayed right on them when I got close as if to defend the last blossoms of the year.

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      Comment by montucky — September 6, 2010 @ 8:22 am

  4. What a lovely flower. Love the waves of petals.

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    Comment by Bo Mackison — September 6, 2010 @ 5:53 am

    • With most of the other wildflowers gone now, these are especially nice to see, and their size and color makes them really show up.

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      Comment by montucky — September 6, 2010 @ 8:24 am

  5. LOL Love the ‘defending’ bee! Great shot! Beautiful flower. I haven’t seen this kind before and what a name–Streambank butterweed.

    May you and yours have a great and safe Labor Day!

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    Comment by Anna — September 6, 2010 @ 6:09 am

    • Yes, if I have the ID right, it’s well named. I wish you and Preston a great Labor Day too!

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      Comment by montucky — September 6, 2010 @ 8:25 am

  6. Does look like Mr. Bumble Bee has staked his turf.

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    Comment by Preston — September 6, 2010 @ 6:10 am

  7. Yep, he can keep the flower…I just want to photograph it! Nice shots. The globe is fascinating.

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    Comment by burstmode — September 6, 2010 @ 8:10 am

    • I thought the same thing. The globes really catch one’s attention.

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      Comment by montucky — September 6, 2010 @ 8:27 am

  8. What a grump! He does look like he is saying MINE!

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    Comment by sandy — September 6, 2010 @ 10:25 am

    • That’s what I thought. He really acted possessive.

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      Comment by montucky — September 6, 2010 @ 5:08 pm

  9. Very nicely photographed! Lovely flower and good picture of the bee gathering pollen.

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — September 6, 2010 @ 12:58 pm

    • Thanks! Earlier in the summer it seemed that bees were very difficult to photograph, but these were very patient and let me get up very close to them.

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      Comment by montucky — September 6, 2010 @ 5:10 pm

  10. I just painted my livingroom that color!

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    Comment by sciencedude288 — September 6, 2010 @ 4:14 pm

  11. Her eyes seem very determined!

    And yes, it would be a “her”. Male bees do not visit flowers, do not build the nest, do not tend the eggs or larva, and do not defend it from intruders. In short, the only thing they do is mate with the queen.

    When winter comes, and egg-production stops for the season, they are summarily dismissed (and good riddance!) The hive does not waste its store of energy (in the form of honey) to sustain the bums. They are left to die in the cold.

    In the spring when the queen lays her first clutch of eggs, they will all be male (unfertilized bee eggs become males). Fascinating stuff!

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    Comment by jomegat — September 6, 2010 @ 6:27 pm

    • Fascinating, unless of course you’re a male bee. Then there are drawbacks.

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      Comment by montucky — September 6, 2010 @ 8:18 pm

  12. She sure looks like she’s giving you the evil eye!

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    Comment by Candace — September 6, 2010 @ 11:50 pm

    • There were a number of bees around there and they all seemed to have about the same attitude, but they all stayed tight to the flowers. I thought they were really cool!

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      Comment by montucky — September 6, 2010 @ 11:59 pm

  13. More macros, please! These are super shots!

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    Comment by Robin — September 7, 2010 @ 5:32 am

    • Thanks Robin. I love close-ups of wildflowers but we are about to run out of them for this year. Still, there will be other things.

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      Comment by montucky — September 7, 2010 @ 8:56 am

  14. Yes, he’s definitely giving you the stink eye! Nice shots!!

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    Comment by kcjewel — September 7, 2010 @ 7:18 pm

    • Thanks Jewel! One of the nice things about photographing natural things is that they compose themselves. All one has to do is be there.

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      Comment by montucky — September 7, 2010 @ 9:11 pm

  15. great shots! your title adds just the right touch of personality to the shot of the bee!

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    Comment by silken — September 8, 2010 @ 10:09 am

  16. I think that I am too late now to eulogise Your cool photos. They are really great.

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    Comment by sartenada — September 9, 2010 @ 10:43 pm

    • Thank you, sartenada!

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      Comment by Anonymous — September 9, 2010 @ 10:48 pm

  17. Great macro with tack-sharp focus on the bee face. Simply stunning

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    Comment by Radd Icenoggle — October 28, 2010 @ 11:24 am


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