13 May 2017

Queen Anne's Lace

Queen Anne's Lace (Wild carrot; Daucus carota) is a common weed around here. The intricacy and form of the flower heads fascinates me.

The dark object on the left of the flower head is the bum of a striped dung fly (Oxysarcodexia varia).



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8 comments:

gz said...

So delicate. We've been riding up lanes full of Hawthorn blossom and Queen Anne's Lace today..smelling heavenly

pohanginapete said...

gz, that sounds great!

Lesley said...

I hadn't realised Queen Anne's Lace was wild carrot. I remember the profusion of it alongside the towpath of the Wey River in spring and early summer. As gz says, it's so delicate.

pohanginapete said...

Lesley, it looks delicate, but I'm sometimes struck by how wiry it is. I like the way it's an insect magnet, too.

Lisa Emerson said...

I love the way you capture the things we just walk past without thinking about :-)

pohanginapete said...

Thank you, Lisa :-)

vegetablej said...

Amazing that they grow all along the roadsides here in Canada too. One of my favourite wildflowers. Nice photo -- you can see every one of the little flowers looking so soft and glowing.

pohanginapete said...

VJ, thank you :-) I suspect it's often ignored simply because it's abundant and looks pale rather than gaudy. Another example of the rewards of looking closely.