Outdoor Daily

What beautifully delicate white flowers!

Fit for a bridal bouquet, if it wasn’t for the toxicity of its sap.

This is the flower of Heracleum sphondylium, Hogweed. Roots, stems, leaves and flowers – all toxic and related to Hemlock, the plant Socrates was poisoned with.

And the ‘critter’?

I hazard a guess at Strangalia maculata, a longhorn beetle, who is obviously not deterred by whatever this plant is producing to deter predation.

But then, it might just be after the pollen, and that’s in the interest of the plant.

Umbelliferous flower head backlit against a sunny sky

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