We close 2022 with fraud. This WTF is a Wild Thing Faking. Not a flower, at least not one you might expect, this is a sedge in the genus Rhynchospora (the “beaksedges"). And while sedges certainly have flowers, those aren’t petals.
Spectacular! Such crisp color and detail. And I love learning the scientific terms - anemophily, entomophily, ambophily. Sounds like the makings of a poem to me. Will let you know if they ever become one.
Exquisite!—the butterfly with its fringed edges, striped antennae, and teal-glitter-edged eye spots; the elegantly stylish beaksedge; and the biologist (Oh, that eloquent biologist!) on his belly. What a winning combo for all of us nature-lovers. Thank you, Bryan.
Chasing Nature - my top purchase of 2022 and a delight to look forward to in 2023! Thank you, Bryan.
Fantastic, thank you - I'd never read about (or seen) beaksedges before.
Thanks for pursuing your curiosity and finding an answer to the question of why a plant pollinated by wind would go to the trouble of attracting insects. And what a beautiful picture!
Magnificent! You, Cassius Blue, and dances with beaksedges, too. A delightful read.