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Pyrgus communis – Common Checkered Skipper on Symphyotricum oblongifolium

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Pyrgus communis - Common Checkered Skipper pn Symphyotricum oblongifolium - Fall Aster

Pyrgus communis – Common Checkered Skipper on Symphyotricum oblongifolium – Fall Aster

 

Aster oblongifolium hosting fiery nectar feeder

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Hylephila phyleus (male) - Fiery Skipper on Fall Aster

Hylephila phyleus (male) – Fiery Skipper on Fall Aster

Here’s a busy little Fiery Skipper blending in with the similarly colored central flower blossoms of the fall aster. I’ve been busy resurrecting a different website and other such things and haven’t updated this site for some time.

Here’s another aster that has volunteered to appear in  my yard and seems to be either a Prairie Fleabane out of season (not unheard of in this year of strangely out of season bloomers.)  It looks to me to be a hierba del marranoAster subulatus possibly  or aster subulaus. The key identifier is the blush of purple … I seem to have noticed elsewhere that “baby’s breath” is another common name…

white flower 10-29-2012

white flower 10-29-2012

Aster subulatus possibly

And from October 29, and a trip to South Austin to the roadway around the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, comes this picture of an  unidentified white flower that  i haven’t been  able to identify using the WFC’s online database. I’ve asked some folks but no one else seems to know either. I will be checking The Weeds OF The West and Toxic Plants Of Texas to see if there’s a match there…and the search for knowledge goes on.

And finally, since we are displaying our ignorance and searching for knowledge, here’s another unidentified flower from the roadside next to the closed on Mondays LBJ WFC – it does appear to be some sort of mallow to me, but so far no luck in figuring out each one. Oh well… tomorrow’s another day, or, based on the time zone in which this is being written, tomorrow is here, but the world is waiting for the sun to rise and I am waiting to sleep, perhaps to dream…

unknown flower at WFC

unknown flower at WFC

Fall Aster – Symphyotrichum oblongifolium

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Fall Aster - Symphyotrichum oblongifolium

Fall Aster – Symphyotrichum oblongifolium


Late Spring is an odd time for a Fall Aster to be blooming, but this year has been an odd one for blooming flowers as they adjust to severe drought and a mild winter. Some folks refer to the plants as “confused” but they appear to be opportunistic – blooming and reproducing when the conditions seem favorable, whatever time of year it may be on the calendar.

Fall Aster

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Fall Asters are in bloom…

Symphyotrichum oblongifolium - Fall Aster

Symphyotrichum oblongifolium - Fall Aster

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