Y’all know I love my weird plants…here’s another hemi-parasitic species in the same family as broomrape and squaw root(Orobanchaceae). I love showing people these parasitic plants because 1) they’re always so shocked that such a thing exists and 2) they’ve usually never noticed them before, even though they are actually common! I found this population […]
I can’t say too much about this here, mostly because I have very mixed feelings about it. I was never a fan of Prairie Home Companion, but I was a huge fan of The Writer’s Almanac. I think this article is pretty fair and balanced, but I had a roller coaster of emotions reading it. […]
*pun intended Blue(?) Veronica I love the story about the colour blue in nature. I’ve gone on about how there is no known vertebrate with an actual blue pigment; the rest of the colour blue we see is actually structural pigmentation. On the recent field course I taught in Kenya, I had the following conversation […]
It’s all in the title! Here are the best of the bee and flower photos I took on my brief visit to the west coast (best coast?). 😉 This fireweed is all over Ireland, where it’s considered invasive, but I think it’s native to the west coast? Delightful little Halictid on an aster (identifications are […]
A spectacularly beautiful national park in western Ireland, that I had the privilege of visiting last week. Here are a bunch of photos of this crazy landscape (and a spiral shell for Jeff Ollerton). A spiral for you, Jeff! Coastal Saxifrage Seathrift (Armeria) Bird’s Foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) with a caterpillar problem I fell in […]
Wouldn’t you want one around? This is growing in our greenhouse and I just had to share these crazy looking flowers.
This cool coastal plant near Donana on the coast of Spain. It’s pollinated by a hawk moth. And it has these buoyant seeds that look like charcoal (we did not eat these).