Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Turpentine Bush

Hello!  Here are snapshots (taken October - November) of a common native plant called turpentine bush and also some of the insects who are attracted to it.  The plant gets its name from the odor of its crushed leaves.


Turpentine Bush (Ericameria laricifolia)









Flower Fly



Longhorn Beetle



Wasp



Giant Mesquite Bug



Lakin Grasshopper



Lakin Grasshopper









cholla cactus, grass and turpentine brush at sunset

Have a wonderful week. :)

15 comments:

Rosengirl.. said...

I like the bug...beautiful images

Gaelyn said...

Funny how these bugs are attracted to a smell most humans would find offensive. The ponderosa pine produces turp and yet usually smells quite sweet. Excellent shots.

cieldequimper said...

Pretty flowers, lovely photos! I wish I could smell them!

Darla said...

All are great snaps, but I particularly LOVE that last photo ... incredible light and shadow and texture ... wow.

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Diane, Lots of insects like that turpentine bush.... Great group of photos.

Have a wonderful holiday season.
Hugs,
Betsy

Thérèse said...

How neat! What a variety of finds! Wonderful pictures Diane. I miss so much all of this. Thks for sharing.

Loree said...

How strange, a plant that smells like turpentine. That mesquite beetle is quite intriguing.

Janie said...

Beautiful shots with amazing detail. The bugs don't seem to mind the plant's odor. Maybe they find it attractive.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Beautiful post, Diane. I think we may have this same turpentine bush in our CA desert, though not positive. I really like the last photo of the light at sunset.

Rohrerbot said...

Your pictures are stunning. I love all the new bugs out and about....I've been noticing strange new flies that I've never seen before. Very interesting:)

lifeisaroadtrip said...

Hey this post is buggy! :-) Lovely photos, as usual.

DeniseinVA said...

Great captures of those bugs, and fauna, and the last shot of the sunset on the fauna, so lovely!

Giga said...

Miło patrzeć na owady, które u nas już nie fruwają, chodzą i skaczą. Do wiosny musimy poczekać. Pozdrawiam.
It's nice to look at insects that are no longer with us fly, walk and jump. We have to wait until spring. Yours.

betchai said...

beautiful, I never knew of its name before, I see also alot of them here in socal.

thirtysevenandcounting said...

They are all wonderful shots but in particular that of the Flower Fly and Lakin Grasshopper! Beautiful light on your last two images, as well.