Great golden digger wasp and grandchild (2004 and 2006)
Red banded hair streak butterfly and great- great- great-... well, let as say that at least six generations have elapsed between one and the other (2006 and 2012). It looks like both pictures were taken the same day.
Macrosiagon limbata wedge shaped beetle and his great-granddaughter (2004 and 2007)
Not a very nice fellow. It lays its eggs on the flowers and the little larvae hitches a ride from a passing bee. Then they feed on the bee's stored food and on the bee baby. The adults are so short lived that you don't see them visiting earlier or later blooming flowers.
The wasp and the butterfly also play in many other theaters through the seasons. The beetle, on the other hand, is most often seen on this plant.
© Beatriz Moisset. 2012