Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Rudbeckia: A Vector for Parasitism & Predation
Rudbeckia is just starting to flower in open, sunny, dry locales. The bright yellow rays make excellent platforms for visiting insects. Some visitors are not only waiting for the central disk to develop its florets providing nectar and pollen, but for the bees it will attract.
They have strange looking mouthparts consisting of long maxillae that they use to suck nectar.