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Prairies continue to bloom well into fall as leaves from earlier plants begin to transform their colors. This Bottle Gentian, Gentiana andrewsii, is framed by the intense deep red of Rubus. The primary pollinator of Bottle Gentian is the Bumblebee, who uses considerable strength to pry open the buds and enter the flower.
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Photo by Ted Thousand – all rights reserved ®2014

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