Monday, June 20, 2016

Best. Flower name. Ever

Ladies and Gentlemen, 8th grade me is guest-writing this blog prior to a return to actual birds of interest next post I promise...

He'd like to present a fairly innocuous St. John's-wort looking plant, the yellow flowers on the dune...
What's so great about this?  Well, its name, drumroll please, is Hoary Puccoon.
Yes that's right, Hoary Puccoon.  I'm sorry, that name is hilarious.
Want a closer look?
 Because who wouldn't want to get up close and personal with ... Hoary Puccoon?  You have to inspect it carefully to ascertain it's not a sister Lithospermum species, the (I kid you not) Hairy Puccoon.  Because it'd just be embarrassing to confuse those two what with their (Litho = stone) spermum and all.
Notice the little jumping spider?  I don't have the first clue what it is, but how awesome would it be if it was a Hoary Puccoon specialist, living out its life cycle in the gentle embraces of ... Hoary Puccoon.  OK, I think even I've agreed that this is worn out.  The puccoon is native at least.

Because it's June, why not another spider pic (I'm quite certain I'm never going to type those words again even if I keep this blog going for a quarter century).  I'd be interested if anyone knows anything about its identity, I just called it a Watermelon Spider.


2 comments:

Darrin OBrien said...

Check out Orchard Orbweaver http://bugguide.net/node/view/2010

Joseph Kurtz said...

I'm pretty sure that puccoon actually is hairy because the leaves are pointed and the hairs are visible. That spider is definitely an orchard.