Solidago suite: goldenrod sp. (canadensis, possibly). Asteraceae
1: I collected these specimens from the Twinlakes roadside in the Okanagan, and printed them on Arches watercolour paper. It’s the paper which creates this intensity in the cyanotype.
2: Drawing page with a specimen. Super tiny blossoms to dissect, each one with a series of overlapping involucral bracts, 10-17 ray florets and 6-8 disc florets.
3: One little branch from the entire inflorescence.
4: A single floret (ray) showing the very cool barbed awns.
5: Several postings ago, I included some of the diversity of insect visitors to this patch of goldenrod, so here are a few more. A male (?) bumblebee and a wasp in almost conversation.
6: Tiny pollen-belly Bees (Megachilidae) focussed and busy.
7: Elegant visitor, alighting gently.
8: Beetles with coats of many colours.
9: Stunning emerald cuckoo wasp perched on a tiny blossom.
10: A gruesome end for this beauty.
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