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Post for today: a close up of a group of little blue butterflies I saw at the edge of the river in Sly Park. I don't know if they were congregating prior to breeding or just sipping mineral rich water from the dirt. Usually, I see these flighty butterflies one by one, and it's super hard to get an image when they're on the wing. But this day, there were as many as 31 gathered together, and I was able to get super close.

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On the first day of Spring I spotted some buggy romance!


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I saw this tiny little flower in the grass in a park in Suva, Fiji, last month. The whole plant was shorter than a blade of grass. I had to lie down to get the photo, and unfortunately, was not dressed protectively, so when I got up, discovered my legs and arms were covered in bug bites. 
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"Oof! Pardon me! That pollen is so rich!"


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Here's an intriguing seed-release mechanism: as the plant matures and dries, the 4 sides of seed column split and spread away from the core, launching the seeds out into the wind. Look closely and you'll see "baby" seeds lined up like widgets on an assembly line.


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Thanks to Google's image search I was able to identify this bee as a male leaf cutting bee, a type of solitary bee. Before Google, I was just calling it "fuzzy." Check out the luxurious fringe on his front legs and the color of his eyes. Much different from the honeybee.

(and, of course, I realize I could still be mistaken, but believe the ID is at least close)


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