Photo of the Week – November 16, 2018

Earlier this week, I was looking through some of my 2018 photos and came across a few shots of prairie wild rose (Rosa arkansana) I’d forgotten about.  I took a few minutes to go looking for some older images as well, and chose some of my favorites for today’s post. 

Wild rose is one of the more attractive and prominent wildflowers in our prairies during June, more so because they often occur in large rhizomatous clones.  Many invertebrates find them attractive as well, especially the large, prominent, and pollen-packed anthers.  Later in the year, their hips (fruits) also become important food sources (and nice photo subjects) but today’s post is all about the flowers.

A tiny weevil feeds on pollen.
A long-horned beetle – also feeding on pollen.
Hover flies are very common visitors.
And, of course,opportunistic crab spiders often pick off unwary flower visitors, including this hover fly.