Bugloss with Bugs

If you’ve seen plants blooming right now with small blue flowers, they could be forget-me-nots.  But, if they are taller they are probably Evergreen Bugloss as shown above.  These plants originate from Europe, and maybe they are evergreen there but here they are just perennials according to this website.

Luckily some native insects appear to like them.  According to Insects of the Pacific Northwest by Peter and Judy Haggard, the beetle shown above is a Pidonia Scripta which is a type of long-horned beetle.  It likes flowers a lot as an adult, though as a larva it bores into wood.

It wasn’t the only beetle enjoying these plants.  This black beetle was only a couple of plants over.

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