Sex and the Country – at a Field Theater Near You

This is the season. Hundreds of coleopteras are copulating on Wild Carrot or Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus Carota) flowers.  The flower “nest”  has a tiny dark red flower in the middle. It is said the function of that anthocyanin flower is to attract insects. In flowers, bright reds and purples are adaptive for attracting pollinators. You can see all the pollen on the two insects below. It must be very successful for the plant because all the Carrot flower tops in my area are filled with various insects – mostly coleopteras. On this picture it seems to be the Flower Longhorn Beetle (Trigonarthris minnesota) but I am not an insect specialist.


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