I went outside this afternoon to shoot pictures
of my beautiful red and yellow
and lilac and pink glads blooming now.
And I discovered this travesty!
I turned my camera attention to my echinacea (coneflower)
and noticed black all over the top of the bloom.
I scraped the black off.
Apparently it was fecal material
from these nasty larvae.
Sunflower moth larvae.
I broke off the affected blooms (2)
and discarded them.
Appetizer for the fishes and crabs.