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Silverleaf hydrangea

Hydrangea radiata


A woody shrub with heads of tiny white flowers. There are often, but not always, larger, sterile flowers surrounding the flower head. The leaves are opposite and toothed, with a distinctive white underside that give the plant its common name.


Rocky outcrops and streamsides.


The insect in the last photo is a yellowjacket hover fly (Milesia virginiensis). More pictures of that bee mimic fly are here:

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drP 5 years ago

Thanks, mauna Kunzah. At the time I took these pictures, I was photographing plants almost exclusively. Capturing the hoverfly reminded me how the digital age democratized photography. If I had to pay for film and processing, I'd never even attempt many of the spottings I post.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 5 years ago

I love the last shot!

Townsend, Tennessee, USA

Lat: 35.68, Long: -83.76

Spotted on Aug 7, 2009
Submitted on Jun 12, 2013

Spotted for mission

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