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Trout lily (Erythronium americanum) with false soldier beetle (Asclera ruficollis)

In seasonal forests, like the broadleaf forests of Michigan, a whole community of wildflowers come out early in the spring before the trees grow their leaves. This natural history strategy allows them to capitalize on the brief window after the freezing winter temperatures and before the trees' leaves block out the sun. Emergence of blossoms in the spring, like this trout lily (Erythronium americanum), attracts many insects. On this flower you can see a false soldier beetle (Asclera sp.), a pollen feeder that must find those prodigious anthers irresistible after a long and cold winter.

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