A shield/stink bug on the flower head of what I think is a rudbeckia based on the elongated seed head. Fellow blogger Michael Marlow (who is much better at identifying insects than I am) left a comment telling me that the bug below is actually a mirid plant bug (family Miridae).
A better shot at one of those elongated seed heads.
I’m thinking this is a rudbeckia bud.
Rudbeckia on its way to blooming.
The glory of a cosmos with pollen scaterd on its lower petals.
The faded glory of a cosmos.
Orange sulphur cosmos in the background highlighting the bud.
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