Host and Guests – Texas Dandelion

While gathering flowers for dye, I found a lot of different insects using the Texas Dandelion as a host plant.  You can click on the images to see them larger.

Texas Dandelion, Pyrrhopappus paucifloris

A bee thigh deep in pollen.

Twelve-spotted cucumber beetle, Diabrotica undecimpunctuata howardi.

Syrphid fly — also known as flower fly or hover fly.

Veined Ctenucha moth, Ctenucha venosa. I followed it from the dandelion over to this grass seed head stalk.

A skipper butterfly but I don’t know which one.

American Painted Lady, Vanessa virgiensis.

I believe this is in the May beetle and Junebug family.

A tiny moth about 1/4 of an inch long.

Eastern Black Swallowtail female, Papilio polyxenes.

If you would like to see the yarns I dyed with dandelion dye, you can click here.