Thursday, September 27, 2012

False Foxglove, Blue Skies and Cloudless Sulphurs

More golden flora of the Carolina autumn - Fernleaf Yellow False Foxglove.

Cloudless Sulphur's unusually long proboscis allows it to nectar at flowers typically reserved for hummingbirds. Fernleaf False Foxglove fits that bill.

Flourishing on the forest margin, semi-parasitic on the roots of oak trees, and judging by the abundance of Sulphurs swarming about, perfect partner for these golden girls of the autumn airways.


Flutter by, butterfly.

Brief break in the southward sojourn...

Deep draughts, essential elixir.

Share the joy of the journey.

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