Visitors of Starry Rosinweed – Silphium asteriscus (Asteraceae)

A brief record of the insect visitors on a starry rosinweed in less than half hour period during August 14th 2010 at the State Botanical Garden in Athens, GA.

Visitors/pollinators included long-horned bee (Melissodes bimaculata), Juvenal’s duskywing (Erynnis juvenalis), Carder bee (Anthidium illustre), Fiery skipper (Hylephila phyleus), Scoliid wasp (Scolia nobilitata), another long-horned bee belonging to genus Melissodes and Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis).

In this short observation, the last visitor of the flower was a Silvery Checkerspot with rather beat up wings. Apparently it was able to escape many bird attacks.



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