Notable Features: When the snow starts to melt and early spring wildflowers begin to emerge, the beauty of the spring is all around us. What better wildflower to enjoy at this time than Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica)! The early flowering of this small woodland plant is great for pollinators. The flower color is pale pink from a distance but a close look reveals five white petals striped with pink.
Attracts:Various kinds of bees visit the flowers, include honey bees, bumblebees, little carpenter bees (Ceratina spp.), mason bees (Osmia spp.), cuckoo bees (Nomada spp.), Halictid bees (Agapostemon spp., Augochlorella spp., Halictus spp., Lasioglossum spp.), and Andrenid bees (Andrena spp.). An Andrenid bee, Andrena erigeniae, is a specialist pollinator of Spring Beauty. Many flies also visit the flowers, including Syrphid flies, the Giant Bee fly (Bombylius major), flesh flies (Sarcophagidae), and Calliphorid flies. Less often, various butterflies and skippers visit the flowers. These insects usually seek nectar, although some of the bees also collect pollen. The corms of Spring Beauty are dug up and eaten by some small rodents, including the White-Footed Mouse and Eastern Chipmunk. The foliage is browsed sparingly by White-Tailed Deer.
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