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Shooting Star with Lacewing
All identifications are subject to welcomed corrections. East side of Little Strawberry, next to where the scree and talus begins. I am aware of the blue fringe, it's on the neg, never happened before or since. July 3, 2003 Edited 7/25/07 to correct date.

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donhaller3Upon posting to the unidentified album

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Shooting Star (Dodecatheon), my guess is Bonneville (D. Conjugens) although it was a little high (~7100 Ft.). D. alpinum apparently always has four petaled flowers, this has five. Although the leaves are more like alpinum, longish and relatively thin. All I can offer.
Posted Aug 1, 2007 1:58 am

lisaeRe: Upon posting to the unidentified album

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Looks like a shooting star to me, too.
Posted Aug 2, 2007 9:35 pm

donhaller3Re: Upon posting to the unidentified album

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Yep, I think the only issue is the species. I was intrigues with the insect on the shooting star, which was why I took the picture. Thanks for looking.
Posted Aug 3, 2007 12:30 am

mrhShooting star

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This is Jeffrey's shooting star (or tall mountain shooting star), Dodecatheon jeffreyi). In the higher elevations it is very similar to D. alpinum and some taxonomists treat D. alpinum as a high elevation variety of D. jeffreyi. Generally D. jeffreyi is a much larger, robust species, but in higher elevations these species clearly merge and can be hard to separate in some locales.
Posted Aug 10, 2007 5:21 pm

donhaller3Re: Shooting star

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Thanks for the enlightenment.
The four versus five petals--is that an issue?

Some day I'm going to take a field botany course.

Thanks again.

Don

Posted Aug 13, 2007 1:32 pm

mrhRe: Shooting star

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Generally D. alpinum has 4 petals, and D. jeffreyi has 5. Its a "usually", but not an "absolute" character. Also in the upper elevations, as D. jeffreyi gets smaller in characteristics, it is more apt to have some plants with 4 petals.
Posted Aug 13, 2007 4:52 pm

donhaller3Great!

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All issues resolved! Thank you.
Posted Aug 13, 2007 7:28 pm

dmikiRe: Great!

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mrh, thank you for the identification! Don, if your are satisfied with the information received, please detach your picture from the Unidentified flora and fauna album within the next week so that the album remain 'fresh'. Thanks.
Posted Oct 6, 2007 12:58 pm

donhaller3Re: Great!

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Detached.
Posted Oct 7, 2007 3:30 pm

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donhaller3Submitted by donhaller3
on Feb 20, 2007 2:34 am

Image ID: 271353
Hits: 1876 
Lat/Lon: 44.29350°N / 118.6846°W
Object Title: Shooting Star with Lacewing

Image Type(s): Wildlife