The Entireleaf Western Daisy is blooming and it’s time to begin the pollinator watch!
You might recall that I introduced you to Entireleaf Western Daisy (Astranthium integrifolium) last fall and shared that very little is known about whether it’s a host plant for moths or butterflies, which pollinators visit and if mammals graze it.
It’s only been within the last decade that wildflower guides have included this charming annual native in their publications. They all say more or less the same thing~’a good gardening plant for attracting butterflies”. If you search the internet, you’ll find little more then the name and plant family listed. I want to know more and decided last fall to pay special attention to the little daisy and the pollinators that visit it.
Now is a great time to begin observing faunal associations. The Entireleaf Western Daisy plants are in bloom all over the garden. This is a plant that blooms in shade or sun; in garden beds or the lawn. I’ll have different environments to observe. In the last month, small gnats, little bees, Hover Flies and a strange little pollen eating beetle (adult carpet beetle) have been seen on Entireleaf Western Daisy. I’ve not seen any larger bees, small butterflies or skippers.
This is just the beginning, Entireleaf Western Daisy will bloom on and off until frost. I’ll take photos of all observed visitors and keep you posted.
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