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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Er, Bloom Day extended unrated version

Must post a bloom with insect in photo.

This is Senna artemisioides, feathery cassia, with a male vagrant grasshopper seemingly taking a close look at the pea-like deep yellow blossom. This senna starts blooming for me usually just after the end of the year, and keeps going for a couple months, depending on the weather. It smells wonderfully sweet, and makes beautiful dark dark brown seed pods after the blooms are done. Some day cloudless sulfur butterflies (Phoebis sennae) will lay eggs on my sennas but for now they just fly by, looking very much like airborne senna blossoms.

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