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

Hemlock ladybird

Photo 2: Purple Goat’s beard

Purple goatsbeard

 

Photo 3: Two ladybirds on Hemlock

Hemlock 2 ladybirds b

Photo 4: Tragopogon

Purple goatsbeard 2

Photo 5: Spotless Ladybird on Hemlock

Hemlock ladybird 2

 

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