Category Archives: Cassia fasciculata

A Grasshopper

I have been a little bit busy lately and have not had time to wander through the prairie.  Today I sneaked in a little time to do just that, and got a photo of a grasshopper on a partridge pea … Continue reading

Posted in Cassia fasciculata, insects, plants | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Appreciating Partridge Pea

Yesterday I photographed one of my favorite prairie flowers, partridge pea, Cassia fasciculata. It’s a quirky little plant–an annual where most successful plants are perennial.  It has extrafloral nectaries that attract ants and all manner of other insects.  Its flowers … Continue reading

Posted in butterflies, Cassia fasciculata, little yellow, plants | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Others want it too

So partridge pea sets out a buffet for a number of insects that it doesn’t need in order to attract some ants that it does need.    So how do these insects find the extrafloral nectaries?  I smelled a few … Continue reading

Posted in American snout, ants, butterflies, Cassia fasciculata, insects, plants, Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Extrafloral what?

Extrafloral nectaries are places where  plants release nectar–a mixture of sugars, water, and often other substances. It is believed that they serve primarily to attract ants, and that the ants attack other insects which inhabit those plants.  This keeps the … Continue reading

Posted in American snout, ants, butterflies, Cassia fasciculata, extrafloral nectary, insects, partridge pea, plants, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

A cool drink of sugar water

Here is an American snout butterfly, Libytheana carinenta, drinking nectar from an extrafloral nectary on partridge pea, Cassia fasciculata.

Posted in American snout, butterflies, Cassia fasciculata, extrafloral nectary, partridge pea, plants, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment