Thursday, August 20, 2009

Jimsonweed Attracts Really Big Moths

Photo: Diane Edwardson, August 2, 2009. Native Jimsonweed (Datura wrightii) found on the Red Car Property meadow, is blooming throughout the dry hillsides. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Jimsonweed attracts large moths that hover like hummingbirds. Earlier this year, a neighbor shared her photos of a White Lined Sphinx Moth, a known pollinator of Jimsonweed. While the plant can self-pollinate, it uses the moths for cross-pollination.