Every time I see Astrantia flowers, I check for bugs; they seem to attract more than most of our local flowers. The last clump we found in Beach Grove was no exception; every flower harboured at least one good-sized insect. Laurie caught a bee on this one:
|Possibly a Western Leafcutting bee, Megachile perihita.|
Examining the photo closely in an attempt to identify the bee, I discovered another insect; a tiny bluish fly.
|See it there below the tip of the bee's rear leg?|
And, under the category, "and little fleas to bite 'em", if you look again, you'll see an even smaller beastie, probably a beetle, on the top leaf on the left.
"So nat'ralists observe, a flea
Hath smaller fleas that on him prey,
And these have smaller fleas that bite 'em,
And so proceed ad infinitum."
- Jonathan Swift, 1733