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.