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Sunflower, Bumble bee, and a black ant

Helianthus annuus


A spotting hat trick: a sunflower; bumble bee (Bombus spp.); and some type of black ant. Nothing says "summer" like a big yellow sunflower! Notice the mathematical pattern of florets in the head of a sunflower. For more information, see the following reference: Mathematical model of floret arrangement ( This one's for you, Heather!


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chixwitsticks 10 years ago

Very pretty!!

SarahWhitt 10 years ago

Looking thru your photos, I think we have the same taste in nature. This is an amazing shot! My hubby & I are also geocachers! Love the thrill of the hunt! I find a lot of "spottings" while caching too!! :)

HeatherMiller 10 years ago

Thanks Walter! I love it. Isn't the geometry cool! The bumblebee and ant are nice too.

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Hybla Valley, Virginia, USA

Spotted on Jul 9, 2011
Submitted on Jul 10, 2011


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