This is the typical deep-purple shade we associate with New England Asters (complimented here by the brilliant yellow of a Goldenrod Crab Spider).
But this species of aster also blooms in a radiant rose.
Sometimes, too, in a paler shade of pink.
Nothing sets off the beauty of these asters better than the spectacular blooms of Maximilian Sunflowers.
This sunflower species is known for its generous number of blooms per stalk.
The Twelve-spotted Lady Beetle, one of our native American ladybugs, is a predator of many plant pests. But it also likes to dine on pollen, a food abundantly supplied by this sunflower.
What a treat, to see one of our ever-rarer Monarch Butterflies feeding on this pretty aster.
Goldenrod is also in its glory now along the Kayaderosseras, attracting many insects to its pollen by its brilliant color. But sometimes the insects, like these tiger-striped Locust Borer Beetles, have other things beside eating on their mind.
As do these Goldenrod Soldier Beetles. Looks like it's fall, rather than spring, when a young bug's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.