Don’t know about you but to me this look like a clown’s lapel flower that’s going to squirt me in the face.
Different stages of a cosmos.
The next two photos show ants farming their aphids. For a short (one page) but fairly comprehensive explanation of the aphids/ants relationship see How Ants and Aphid Help Each Other. I found the last section of the article to be particularly interesting.
Cosmos flower and bud. To me the bud looks as though it has a plastic or glassy surface, especially near the bottom. I used to get this effect quite often on a different variety of flower at the Missouri Botanical Garden. I always thought it was something about that particular variety of flower at MoBot that caused the effect but now see that’s not the case. Wish I could figure out what causes it so I can repeat it when wanted.
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