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The Flowers... Finally! I consider myself quite lucky to get this photo. It seems that unknown to me the deer seem to like to eat these flowers. The stalk that I had been watching for weeks is now a bare stick only 10cm high! And this one was in the sunshine. It seems the deer and I are not the only things interested in these flowers. How many little insects can you count? Canada,Geotagged,Goodyera oblongifolia,Summer,western rattlesnake plantain Click/tap to enlarge

The Flowers... Finally!

I consider myself quite lucky to get this photo. It seems that unknown to me the deer seem to like to eat these flowers. The stalk that I had been watching for weeks is now a bare stick only 10cm high! And this one was in the sunshine. It seems the deer and I are not the only things interested in these flowers. How many little insects can you count?

    comments (7)

  1. Very lucky! And, yes -- look at all those bugs! Posted 5 months ago
    1. I may have to go back and take another, closer look! Just to see the bugs. Posted 5 months ago
      1. Ohhh, great idea if you can manage it! Posted 5 months ago
        1. Christine, I did just that.
          Friend or Foe? I followed Christine Young’s advice and went back to the Western Rattlesnake Plantain to take some closer photos of the insect “residents”. There were many seemingly dead bodies of what appeared to be globular springtails and one very green caterpillar/worm. It has been very dry lately and the springtails dehydrate and die but I believe that this other inhabitant may be contributing to their demise. No ideas at all on what it is or what it will be “when it grows up”! Canada,Geotagged
          Posted 5 months ago
          1. Awesome, Gary! Posted 5 months ago
            1. Thanks for the encouragement! Posted 5 months ago
              1. You're welcome :) Posted 5 months ago

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''Goodyera oblongifolia'' is a species of orchid known by the common names western rattlesnake plantain and giant rattlesnake plantain. It is native to much of North America, particularly in the mountains of the western United States and Canada, from Alaska to northern Mexico, as well as in the Great Lakes region, Maine, Quebec and the Canadian Maritime Provinces.

Similar species: Agaves, Aloes, Onions
Species identified by gary fast
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Uploaded Jul 24, 2020. Captured Jul 24, 2020 11:13 in 315 Whaletown Rd, Whaletown, BC V0P 1Z0, Canada.
  • E-M5MarkII
  • f/11.0
  • 1/400s
  • ISO3200
  • 60mm