Tuesday, June 05, 2012
little fly on chicory flower
We've all heard of chicory. Here (and in Baltimore) it's just a local weed growing in vacant lots and along the roadside. Elsewhere (see also the link), the roasted taproots produce a treasured beverage.
Anyway, there's a lovely patch of chicory along the sidewalk on my way to the local library. I stopped to snap a photo with my cell phone and spotted a cute little fly enjoying a meal on this distinctive blue flower. Thanks to yesterday's breeze (and my assorted nonskills with a cell-phone camera), the image is not sharp. This isn't exactly a fly or a bee....something in between?? A fake fly or a fake bee??
I've been calling this blue flower "sassafras." So much for memory. My botanist-engineer friend Liz told me what they were some years ago when I noticed them growing along the road in Virginia. Come to find out this a.m. when I looked it all up, sassafras is a TREE, and they use it to make root beer. I knew it was some kind of beverage.