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Title: Brookside Gardens 2004, Montgomery County, Maryland

Brookside Gardens, Maryland, is a 50-acre, public-display garden.   It has many habitats including a deciduous forest, lake, perennial gardens, stream, and wildflower garden.   On 1 October 2004, I visited the Gardens and admired its biota in the early afternoon.   From noon through 3:30 p.m., it was sunny, slightly breezy, and very pleasant in the high 70s and low 80s.   I saw about six bee species, 10 butterfly species, Eastern Chipmunks, many other animals, wonderful gardens, and the new memorial of victims of two snipers in the Washington, D.C., Area in 2002.   Some of the things I saw are below.

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Figure 1.   A tachinid fly (Tachinidae) on Ageratum altissima ‘Chocolate’ (Asteraceae).

Figure 2.   Ageratum altissima ‘Chocolate’ (Asteraceae).

Figure 3.   Angelonia ‘Angelface Blue’ (Scropulariaceae).

Figure 4.   A Honey Bee on Asclepias curassavica (Apocynaceae).

Figure 5.   Aster oblongifolius ‘October Skies’ (Asteraceae).

Figure 6.   Aster oblongifolius ‘October Skies’ (Asteraceae).

Figure 7.   Aster tartaricus (Asteraceae).

Figure 8.   Augochlora pura (Gold-green Sweat Bee) (Halictidae) on Aster tartaricus (Asteraceae).

Figures 9–10.   Bouvardia ternifolia (Scarlet Bourvardia, Trumpetilla) (Rubiaceae).

Figure 11.   Xylocopa virginica (Large Carpenter Bee (Apidae) on Buddleya davidii (butterflybush) (Loganiaceae).

Figures 12–13.   Chelone (turtlehead) (Scropulariaceae).

Figures 14–15.   Chrysanthemums (Asteraceae).

Figures 17–18.   Dahlia ‘Honke’ (Asteraceae).

Figure 18.   Bombus vagans on Dahlia ‘Lipin Shiela’ (Asteraceae).

Figure 19.   Eupatorium coelestinum (Blue Mistflower) (Asteraceae).

Figure 20.   Centratherum camporum intermedium (Brazilian Daisy = Pineapple Flower) (Asteraceae).   This plant is an annual which sows itself in Maryland.   I thank Ellen Hartranft and Kathy Stevens (Brookside Gardens) for identifying this plant.

Figure 21.   Centratherum camporum intermedium (Brazilian Daisy = Pineapple Flower) (Asteraceae) with a Halictus sp. (sweat bee) (Halictidae).

Figure 22.   Centratherum camporum intermedium (Brazilian Daisy = Pineapple Flower) (Asteraceae) with a male Toxomerus sp. (flower fly) (Syrphidae).

Figure 23.   Centratherum camporum intermedium (Brazilian Daisy = Pineapple Flower) (Asteraceae) with a larval moth, possibly an owlet moth (Noctuidae).

Figure 24.   Coreopsis tripteris (Tall Coreopsis) (Asteraceae) with a Ceratina sp. (little carpenter bee) (Apidae).   This species is native to the Mississippi Valley, USA (Brown and Brown 1984, p. 1011).   I thank Kathy Stevens (Brookside Gardens) for identifying this plant.

Figure 25.   Hibiscus dasycalyx (Neches River Mallow) (Malvaceae).

Figures 26–27.   Hibiscus dasycalyx (Malvaceae).

Figures 28–30.   A female Euptoieta claudia (Variegated Fritillary) (Nymphalidae) on Lantana ‘Patriot Cherry’ (Verbenaceae).

Figures 31–35.   Miscanthus grass (Poaceae).

Figure 36.   Nymphea (waterlily) (Nymphaeaceae).

Figures 37–39.   Poncirus trifoliata ‘Flying Dragon’ (Rutaceae).

Figure 40.   Ratibida columnifera (Asteraceae).

Figures 41–42.   Ratibida columnifera (Asteraceae).

Figure 43.   Three Apis mellifera (Honey Bees) and one Xylocopa virginica (Large Carpenter Bee) on Salvia guaranitica (Lamiaceae).   Xylocopa virginica cut holes in the bases of the flowers through which they obtain nectar (= primary nectar robbing), and other insects such as Apis mellifera obtain nectar through the holes (= secondary nectar robbing).

Figures 44–45.   Solenostemon ‘Wizard Mix’ Coleus (Lamiaceae).

Figures 46–47.   Tamias striatus (Eastern Chipmunk) (Rodentia: Sciuridae) eating fruits of Ilex verticillata (Deciduous Holly) (Aquifoliaceae).

Figures 48–50.   Verbena bonariensis (Brazilian Verbena) (Verbenaceae).   In Figure 50, a Hylephila phyleus (Fiery Skipper Butterfly) (Hesperiidae) is flying away from the inflorescense and is partly out focus.

Figures 51–55.   The memorial of sniper victims.

Figure 56.   The memorial of sniper victims.

Figure 57.   A walkway of the rose garden.

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