This is a little pin cushion cactus that grows wild around our place.
Much more subtle than the larger Prickly pear that we see around the hill country. Love the blooms. I normally miss seeing them bloom.
Asclepias asperula, Antelope Horns Milkweed and bee
If you enlarge the photo below, it is like one of those seek and find games.
We found seven insects on this milkweed.
Granted it will be a bit grainy when enlarged enough to see the smallest of the insects. This plant supports a lot of life.
Milkweed bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus) on Antelope Horns Milkweed (of course)
On the next three photos with butterflies,
I used the vastness of the internet to try and identify them.
Hopefully correctly. 🙂
Juniper Hairstreak (Callophrys gryneus)
Checkered White (Pontia protodice) on Blackfoot daisy (Melampodium leucanthum)
I think this is a Southern Dogface -Zerene cesoniahis
Unknown tiny insect on wildflower
China Berry blossoms – China Berry tree Melia azedarach var. umbraculifera
This is an invasive non-native tree. It’s saving grace for me is the fragrant blooms.
I Love them.
Otherwise, the berries are a mess and the wood is weak.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend,