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Symphyotrichum novae-angliae [New England Aster]

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#1 Andrea B.

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Posted 18 April 2021 - 00:10

Blum, A.G. (2021) Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (L.) G.L.Nesom (Asteraceae) New England Aster. Flowers photographed in visible and ultraviolet light. https://www.ultravio...-england-aster/

Huber Woods Park, Middletown, New Jersey, USA
20 Sept 2013
Wildflower

Synonyms:
  • Aster altissimus Moench
  • Aster concinnus Colla
  • Aster novae-angliae L.
  • Aster novae-angliae f. geneseensis House
  • Aster novae-angliae var. monocephalus Farw.
  • Aster novae-angliae f. rosarius House
  • Aster novae-angliae f. roseus (Desf.) Britton
  • Aster novae-angliae f. spurius (Willd.) Voss
  • Aster roseus Desf.
  • Aster spurius Willd.
  • Lasallea novae-angliae (L.) Semple & Brouillet
  • Virgulus novae-angliae (L.) Reveal & Keener
Other Common Names:
  • Michaelmas Daisy
  • New England American-Aster
Comment:
In an otherwise undistinguished UV photograph, I did manage to catch a little green and striped sweat bee visiting this fall flower. Like most fall asters, S. novae-angliae is moderately UV absorbing with brighter bits in the UV-black central disk. The iridescent green back of the sweat bee came through with a bit of dark false yellow in the UV photograph.

Reference:
1. New England Wild Flower Society (acc 17 April 2021) Symphyotrichum novae-angliae. New England American-Aster. https://gobotany.nat.../novae-angliae/


Equipment [Nikon D600-broadband + Carl Zeiss 60mm f/4.0 UV-Planar on Helicoid]


Visible Light [f8 for 1/160" @ ISO-400 in Sunlight with Baader UVIR-Block Filter]
Such a beautiful little bee!
Attached Image: symphyotrichumNovaeangliae_vis_sun_20130920huberWoodsPkMtNJ_15393pn.jpg


Ultraviolet Light [f/4 for 1/20" @ ISO-1600 in Sunlight with BaaderU UV-Pass Filter]
I feel lucky to have captured this bee in late afternoon, autumn, low-UV light given that I was not using a UV flash. Note that there are some false yellow tones on the bees back.
Attached Image: symphyotrichumNovaeangliae_uvBaader_sun_20130920huberWoodsPkMtNJ_15357pn201.jpg


Ultraviolet Light [f/8 for 1/4" @ ISO-1600 in Sunlight with BaaderU UV-Pass Filter]
Attached Image: symphyotrichumNovaeangliae_uvBaader_sun_20130920huberWoodsPkMtNJ_15420.jpg
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#2 Andy Perrin

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Posted 18 April 2021 - 00:43

What was it doing slumming in Jersey?! You would think a New England Aster would be found somewhere more classy.

#3 Andrea B.

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Posted 18 April 2021 - 04:08

They don’t call it the Garden State for nothin’...... :lol:

Interestingly, I just read tonight on one of the botanical sites, that there are populations of New England Asters also in the west.
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Posted 19 April 2021 - 17:28

Geez, those are truly awful photos compared to some of the others I've made over time. Well, so it goes. When I get the chance, I will try again. Also I should search my storage because I have quite a lot of flowers I've never worked up and posted here.
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