Thirty-six hours after I saw “my” bear, as the evening fell, there crossing our meadow were TWO bears.
I think they were a mother and a yearling. My camera battery went flat, so my photos were all fuzzy, but at least I can prove my sighting! The cubs stay with their mothers for up to two years. And at this time of year fresh grass and flowers (especially dandelions) are a crucial part of their diet. “In spring, bears feed on willow catkins, grasses, dandelions, clover, and aspen leaves. Leaves and flowers are preferred when they are highest in protein content (shortly after leaf burst or flowering), before the cell walls build up lignin and cellulose and become more difficult to digest.” from
To counter-balance the enormity of a duo of black bears, here is another favorite food flower for a much smaller creature.
The Fringed Polygala is a woodland plant, and has the charming vernacular name Gaywings.
This enticing 3/4″ long flower seems to be a favorite of the Eastern Swallowtail butterfly. This one ignored starflowers and mayflowers and Canada dogwood (bunchberries), and flitted from polygala to polygala,
inserting its curved tongue with precision into the heart of the tiny flower.
and sometimes almost getting its head in too:
Seductive things, flowers.