The Night Shift

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A moth sips goldenrod nectar after nightfall

During the day our showy goldenrod (Solidago speciosa) is visited by the usual sun-loving suspects: bumble bees, sweat bees, hover flies, butterflies, and so on.  I was curious about what happens after dark, though, so I just popped out to have a look. It’s nearly as active at night, too, but with a different set of species!

I don't normally think of mosquitoes as pollinators, but our goldenrod was covered with mosquitoes sipping nectar. This one is a male.
Up close, a mosquito's eyes are gorgeous green.
A blister beetle mugs for the camera.
Oh, to have a straw for a mouth!

photo details:
Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 7D
ISO 200, f/13, 1/200 sec, diffuse twin flash

9 thoughts on “The Night Shift”

  1. I love the night photos. The black background seems like it makes everything more striking. These might be some of my favorites.

  2. Dave’s second sentence – :~{

    And this – Based on visible pollen smeared on mouthparts and bellies, I have the impression the day crew (and the beetles thatwork into the night) are the more effective pollinators. But maybe those fine little moth proboscides move pollen more precisely and efficiently???

  3. Henry (Rob) Robison

    I love these beautiful photos Alex! Most folks don’t even realize there is a night crew! Keep up your gtreat work.

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