Camping Out on Camphor Daisies
The camphor daisies (Rayjacksonia phyllocephala) have just started blooming. They are a pretty nondescript plant, tall and skinny, with long tough stems that look like leggy geranium stems, rough thick leaves, and small bright yellow ray flowers. I have been noticing all kinds of insects and arachnids making themselves at home there.
I don’t know a lot of the insects – I was able to identify a few new ones from these pictures. If you are interested, you can follow these links to find out more about them on BugGuide.net.
Tan and Yellow fly — Poecilognathus
Leaf-footed bug nymph — Leptoglossus
Stilt bug — Neoneides muticus
Other common names for the plant are golden-aster and camphorweed, but I have a different camphor weed here too, so I am going to stick with camphor daisies on this one. According to one of my Texas AgriLife Extension books, another Latin name is Heterotheca subaxillaris, but I am using the Latin name that the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center uses.
And here is one more picture, of the Green Lynx Spider. I couldn’t get it to show full size in the gallery and I really love her transparent spiky legs.