Wednesday, November 08, 2006
One of our fall gems, Palafoxia.
The blossoms in the bottom picture are past their prime, but they seemed to be a popular roost at sunset last week as I roamed around the property. By the time I came across the tired palafoxias, the light was almost gone. This is a cropped photo, so you can't see the other hoppers and insects that were quietly just hanging on to the Palafoxia as the afternoon sun slipped beneath the trees.
They didn't seem to be doing anything, did not respond to my proximity, and really appeared to be using the plant as bivouac for the night.
Everybody was still .. even the wasp.
That seemed pretty odd, wasps tend to be as active as a seventh grader, post lunch, on the day before summer vacation.
Actually, this slowing down and finding a place to survive the night is just part of their daily routine and I suppose, that makes it normal rather than odd. I just usually encounter them earlier in the day when they are busy trying to gather food, find a mate, lay eggs, etc.
Sunset presents a whole new challenge, one best met by being quiet, still, and undetected.
I hope they made it through the night.