Redbud Strangeness

Henry’s elfin is a small butterfly that I have searched for often.  In Iowa the only identified caterpillar host plant for this butterfly is redbud.  As a result, I have spent a lot of time looking for and at redbud trees.

One unique characteristic of this plant is where the flowers can come from.  Like most flowering trees, the branches and twigs have flowers.  Unlike most trees, buds often come out from the bark of the trunk or thick branches.

On the tree I was inspecting today the flowers are not quite out yet, making an interesting and attractive mass along with the wet lichens.

About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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