"A DAY IN THE DAISY PATCH:
POLLINATORS & PETAL-EATERS
Nature photographers showcasing wildflower images typically select ideal subjects--symmetrical blooms with perfect petals in natural settings with the lighting "just right." If we use those criteria, the photo above is a sorry depiction of an Oxeye Daisy at Hilton Pond Center, but our image tells a much better story. This particular composite blossom--with its white sterile ray flowers (they're not petals) and fertile yellow disk flowers (where seeds are produced)--has been chewed and nibbled by any number of insects, so many we're guessing the photo wouldn't win any prizes at an art show. Looking at this tattered bloom through our camera lens this week provided the impetus for us to spend a day in the daisy patch--all in the hope of learning what critters might be hanging out as pollinators or petal-eaters."
Check out the pictures on their website. There are some really cool insects.