Sunday, April 18, 2010

"Daisy Bee" - Photo of the Day - April 18th, 2010

Daisy Bee - Photo of the Day - April 18th, 2010
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"Daisy Bee"

A close-up shot of a bee enjoying the sweet nectar of a beautiful common daisy on a warm spring day.

This picture was captured at the Harmony Creek Conservation Area in Oshawa, Ontario.
Taken with a Canon Digital Rebel using an 18-55mm lens.

Bellis perennis is a common European species of Daisy, often considered the archetypal species of that name. Many related plants also share the name “Daisy”, so to distinguish this species from other daisies it is sometimes qualified as Common Daisy, Lawn Daisy or occasionally English daisy. It is native to western, central and northern Europe. The species is widely naturalized in North America, and also in South America.

It is a herbaceous plant with short creeping rhizomes and small rounded or spoon-shaped evergreen leaves 2–5 cm long, grows close to ground. The flowerheads are 2–3 cm in diameter, with white ray florets (often tipped red) and yellow disc florets; they are produced on leafless stems 2–10 cm (rarely 15 cm) tall.

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