Friday, October 09, 2009

Life in the Goldenrod

Solidago canadensis and various insects, shot over several weeks in our backyard during late summer and autumn, 2009.

I accidentally uploaded each image full size- my bad will lead to your viewing pleasure. Click on each image to see these insects up really close.



  1. Whata buncha beautiful bugs! Love that second guy, all hunched up like a gargoyle. Do you know what kind it is?

    Anyway, let this be a teaching moment about the non-allergenic quality of goldenrod pollen. If it were light enough to waft on the air and cause allergies, it wouldn't need all these pollinators scrabbling around in it, attracted by its vivid coloration. It's ragweed, which blooms at the same time but almost invisibly, with nondescript green flowers, that causes hay fever, but goldenrod gets the bum rap.

  2. I guess I need to inspect the goldenrod more closely. I see the bees and wasps, but you found some other interesting critters.

  3. It's amazing what we see when we get up close. Great photos.