Thursday, June 11, 2009

Living Life- Small

John Howard's spectacular photo essay of the life cycle of the dime-sized Appalachian Azure.

Female Appalachian Azure checking out the local flora...

Smaller than a pin head, the eggs are deposited on the host plant, Black Cohosh.

Myrmecophile at work: ants tending to the safety of these bud-sized larva

The proud parents: Mr. and Mrs. Appalachian Azure.

The native plant, Black Cohosh, Cimicifuga racemosa, host to the life pageant of the small.

All these amazing photos are the property of John Howard, many thanks to him. Double click on any of them to see them in unbelievable detail.


  1. Good picture series, Cheryl.
    Garden plant retailers should capitalise on this aspect to the native flora - buy the plant, get the fantastic insects free.
    Rob :)

  2. All the credit goes to John Howard, one of Adams county's best kept secret!

    I bought a River Birch just yesterday, the exfoliating bark provides a buffet for birds!