Monday, June 15, 2009

Bugs Getting High On Exotic Flowers

Photo: Diane Edwardson, June 13, 2009. Velvety soft mystery plant near Adelbert got even more interesting this week. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Two bees and an earwig were hanging out on the flowers in a somnambulant state. Usually, bees are busy and hard to snap photos of while they drink nectar from flowers. All three bugs just sat there. I shook the plant gently to see if they were alive. All three moved their antennae and shook their heads slowly like they just woke up, then immediately went back to their trance-like state.

I've only seen this plant growing on the Red Car Property slope between Adelbert and the Viaduct Footings.

If you can identify this plant, send us an email

11-10-09 UPDATE: Mystery plant finally identified! It is Indian or Kotolo Milkweed (Asclepias eriocarpa).