Wildflower Wednesday #11
There are lots of flowers in bloom at the Nature Center this week, but the most noteworthy find was the first milkweed flowers of the year! While most of the milkweed flowers have yet to open (any day now), visitation was high at the flower I found near the parking lot.
Look closely at the fly and you can see a pollinia attached to a hind leg, causing the leg to drag back. The extra weight of a pollinia can have adverse effects on the insect carrier. After leaving the milkweed plant, watch this fly try to remove pollinias, which now cover half of its legs (best viewed in fullscreen mode)
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