(Some) Early Summer Flowers of the Adirondacks

The purpose of my Adirondacks trip was to sample the bee fauna of the region, but in addition to me entomologizing (? (apoideaizing??)), I had a lot of fun botanizing. I was traveling with entomologists, who gave me endless side eye for taking photos of plants without bees on. “How can you go to the dark side?”, they asked, betrayed. “Everybody studies plants,” they added.

Well, I posit that you can’t study bees without studying plants! You can’t understand bee morphology without understanding floral morphology. You can’t understand bee behaviour without understanding oligolecty and pollen preferences. You can’t predict bee distributions without knowing where and when their host plants are flowering.

End rant. Begin flowers.

Labrador Tea

Labrador Tea (Rhododendron tomentosum)

Carex pauciflora...I'm not normally a huge sedge person but this was our guide's favourite plant

Carex pauciflora…I’m not normally a huge sedge person but this was our guide’s favourite plant


Pitcher plant flower (Sarracenia purpurea)

Cool veiny pitcher plants

Cool veiny pitcher plants

Cranberries and Sundews what could be better?

Cranberries (no, not THOSE cranberries; Vaccinium oxycoccos) and Sundews (Drosera sp, I think rotundifolia) what could be better?

Pitcher Plant (Sarracena sp.) flower!

Dozens of Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia purpurea) flowers!


Hawkweed (Hieracium sp.)

Bog Laurel

Bog Laurel (Kalmia polifolia)


Bunchberry (Cornus canadense)


Not sure about this one, it was high altitude (on top of Whiteface Mtn)


Another unknown alpine flower


Verbena sp.


Twin flower (Linnaea borealis)


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