Pink Mimosa

This is a shrub called Pink Mimosa and it’s a member of the pea and bean family. The individual flowers are arranged in globe-shaped heads. The pink parts of the flowers are actually the filaments or stalks of the male, pollen-producing stamens, and are the showy, pollinator-attracting parts of the flowers. The fragrant, pink puffballs attract many types of butterflies. In flower now! #DoctorBot #LakeKirby

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Western Honeybee

Western Honeybee drinking nectar on an Antelope Horns Monarch Milkweed plant along the Kirby Dam Road. Western honeybees were brought to North America in the 1600s and are now the most important pollinator species for agriculture globally. The bee shown here may accidentally have a bundle of milkweed pollen stick to one of its legs while drinking nectar. When the bee visits the next plant it may deposit the pollen bundle on the female parts of the flower as it drinks nectar. Milkweeds are critical for the Monarch’s survival. More on Kirby’s milkweeds and insect inhabitants in upcoming posts! #DoctorBot #LakeKirby

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Engelmann's Daisy

Nice display of Engelmann's Daisy along with some Texas Sage adding some purple color. Last week's abundant rainfall should keep the wildflowers blooming and we should continue to see new species showing up each week. This should make the Kirby pollinators happy! #DoctorBot #LakeKirby

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Texas Thistle in Bloom

Texas Thistle in bloom! I found this one lone plant along the boardwalk. Thistles are members of the sunflower family and are native to North America. This species is a good nectar source for pollinators, especially bumblebees. When the flowers are mature the seeds will become food for birds, including Goldfinches that eat the seeds and use the silky fluff of ripened seeds to line their nests. This species should be on the increase this spring and summer! #DoctorBot #LakeKirby

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Frog-Fruit

Frog-Fruit is not the most showy wildflower on the block, but it does have an interesting common name. As far as I can tell, it has nothing at all to do with frogs! Other interesting common names include: Turkey Tangle Fogfruit, Fogfruit, Matchweed, Mat Grass, and Capeweed. Pick your favorite! This plant has ground-hugging stems that can root at the nodes. The small, white flowers provide nectar for several butterfly species. Frog-Fruit is a larval host plant for the caterpillars of the Common Buckeye butterfly. Thanks to Mitch Wright for the Buckeye photo #DoctorBot #LakeKirby

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