Photo of the Week – June 20, 2013

Purple poppy mallow (Callirhoe involucrata) is a common wildflower in our prairies.  It is responding well to last year’s drought and this spring’s moisture.  The  flowers are a startling fuschia color, and they typically abound in areas where grasses are weak and short.  The combination of those factors means purple poppy mallow stands out in the prairie.

As a photographer, I’m easily drawn to the kind of striking color poppy mallow flowers provide.  And, since I like to photograph small creatures, I have a pretty good array of little invertebrates sitting on or in purple poppy mallow flowers.  Here’s one from a couple years ago.

A snout beetle (weevil) inside a purple poppy mallow flower.  The Nature Conservancy's Platte River Prairies.
A snout beetle (weevil) inside a purple poppy mallow flower. The Nature Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies.

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6 thoughts on “Photo of the Week – June 20, 2013

  1. prairiebotanist June 20, 2013 / 6:22 pm

    It was amazingly dense in the I-80 median in many locations between North Platte and Grand Island last week.

  2. Katy Simmons June 20, 2013 / 7:18 pm

    Astounding shot! Neat to see the detail on the beetle.

  3. troymullens June 20, 2013 / 7:46 pm

    Love the b/w detail surrounded by all that gorgeous color. Nice photo.

  4. Becky June 20, 2013 / 9:24 pm

    Love those Winecups!

  5. Natalie Goergen June 21, 2013 / 7:58 am

    Oh I love weevils!

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