Hemlock, ladybirds and Purple Goat’s beard
A walk along the nearby creek trail can reveal some interesting specimens. I came across what I thought was Queen Anne’s Lace only to discover after some checking that it was actually Poison-hemlock ( the purple blotches on the stem were quite noticeable in the photographs). What was nice to see though was it had two ladybird visitors, one with spots and one without. A little further away I found a purple flower that I had only seen in yellow before in the UK but did not know it’s name. Upon investigation I found that it is called Goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius).
Photo 1: Spotted Ladybird on Hemlock
Photo 2: Purple Goat’s beard
Photo 3: Two ladybirds on Hemlock
Photo 4: Tragopogon
Photo 5: Spotless Ladybird on Hemlock