American Strawberry Bush
|Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy)
|Date Taken: 2012-11-03|
|Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS|
|Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2012-11-10 17:10|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|when i took this shot, i had no idea about its ID. i just found a lots of them under the Wolf River Pedestrian Bridge, in Shelby Farms Park. i didn't see.. or notice them before! strange. well may be, the plants had different colouration then.. or simply, i overlooked.|
the plants were not rigid.. hence, swinging a lot against the wind. surprisingly, there were MANY ladybugs around these plants.. all tiny and of SO many colour variations! green with black dots, green with white dots, red, pink, magenta, brown, orange.. i have never seen so many ladybugs of so many different colours in my life before! and all at one place! all of them were coming and going while making these plants their.. base camp :D
and then these plants.. pink shell, orange fruits.. beautiful!
apart from the common name, American Strawberry Bush, they are also known as 'Bursting Hearts'. loved that name :)
American Strawberry Bush "is an evergreen plant, though the number of leaves is greatly diminished during the winter. the plant is notable for its photosynthetic stems and its seed distribution method. once the seeds have ripened in mid-autumn the red capsules burst open, scattering the orange seeds up to 15 feet.
the leaves are well liked by deer, which often strip the bush bare. E. americanus will spread by underground runners forming small thickets. stems which come in contact with the ground will readily root. the stems are relatively weak and taller plants lean against other shrubs or trees for support.
the plant flowers in late April and early May. the tiny flowers are yellow-green in color."
my question is, do birds eat these seeds/ fruits?
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- [2012-11-10 17:29]
A great shot of this unusual looking plant. I don't believe I have ever seen one in the wild before, it has such a unique appearance. Nicely presented and showing good detail and beautiful coloration.
The insects you saw are Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles. They are an invasive species and have become quite a pest here in the US as they frequently invade homes and can be a real problem to get rid of.