Euonymus alatus: Burning Bush


Euonymus alatus, known variously as winged spindle, winged euonymus or burning bush, a deciduous shrub, is a species of flowering plant in the family Celastraceae, native to central and northern China, Japan, and Korea.


The common name “burning bush” comes from the bright red fall color.

Photo: Asheville, NC [20131005]

Source: Wikipedia


Callicarpa dichotoma: Purple Beautyberry


Callicarpa dichotoma [common names, Purple Beautyberry or Early Amethyst] is species of beautyberry. They are cultivated as garden trees. The flowers are pink to white. The berries which are small drupes are purple. The fruits grow closely together in large clusters. The fruit provides food for wild life. The berries are bitter and are unfit for culinary use.

Photo: Connie’s garden, Lawrenceville, GA [20131005]

Source: Wikipedia

Pyrota insulata: Yellow-crescent Blister Beetle

Blister beetles are one-half to one inch long and have comparatively soft bodies. The head is broad and vertical. The section of the body between the head and the wings [prothorax] is distinctly narrower than the wings, and usually is slightly narrower than the head. It appears that the insect has a neck. The wing covers are soft and flexible, and the legs are comparatively long.

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Blister beetles contain an oily, caustic substance in their body fluids called cantharidin that helps protect them from natural enemies. Cantharidin is toxic and can severely injure livestock, particularly horses. Horses that have ingested cantharidin may exhibit signs of colic, including excessive salivation, sweating, cramps, and urinary straining; a fatal dose will include fever, depression, shock, and death.

Photos: Dawsonville, GA.[20130901]; Brevard, NC, USA [20150828]

Source: Integrated Pest Management, Wikipedia