Tiniest Creature in Wild Mustard (Bastard Cabbage)


Austin, United States

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I’m submitting this second photo of this plant because of the tiny creature I found in it. I thought wildflower enthusiasts would find it interesting. The plant is poison, but the tiniest creatures can feed in it!

Wildflowers taken in north Austin, Tx. on a roadside. But these are growing everywhere around town here at the end of April.

This plant is a species of Wild Mustard. Family: Brassicaceae. Common name is Bastard Cabbage. Please note: this is NOT one of the cultivated Mustards! It is NOT edible!

This plant is poisonous. It is used in Jamaica for deworming. In very tiny amounts. If too much is used, it can be lethal. Counteracted by lime juice or castor oil.

From Wikipedia:

Rapistrum rugosum is a species of flowering plant in the mustard family known by the common names annual bastard cabbage, common giant mustard or turnipweed. It is native to Eurasia and parts of Africa, and it is present throughout the world as an introduced species and a common weed. It is an invasive species in many areas. It is an annual herb producing an erect stem reaching up to about a meter tall. The leaves are variable in shape and size and the proximal blades are generally cut into lobes or divided into leaflets. The herbage is coated in rough hairs. The inflorescence is a raceme of flowers with dark-veined yellow petals each under a centimeter long. The fruit is a knoblike spherical ribbed silique borne on a long pedicel with a widened area where it joins the fruit.

From flowers.cs:

(On a broader level, the plant comes from the Mustard family, among which are many edible species.)
MUSTARD (mus’turd) is any of several herbaceous plants of the genus Brassica of the mustard family (Cruciferae). This family includes many familiar garden plants, such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, radishes, and turnips. The many species of mustard plants range in height from a few inches to several feet. The flowers are usually white or yellow. The seeds are contained in elongated pods.

This is definitely a Wild Mustard plant. I thought I saw a tiny blur of something in this TINY flower grouping, but it was too small for the naked eye to distinguish (the flower cluster was about as big as a thumbnail), so I snapped a photo of it. But the surprise I had when I loaded the photos was to see this tiniest, most enchanting little creature popping up from the flower to stare at me. When I zoomed in, it looks like he could be munching on a flower petal. I’m not sure. You can see he has wings, and his tiny eye is watching me. Perhaps it’s a baby something, but even then, it’s so tiny, I don’t know how the parent would keep track of it! In fact, when I took the photo, I thought whatever had been there had left. Keep in mind that this little flower group has been magnified in a macro. You can then understand how small this little creature is. It could perhaps be an ant, but it has wings! Maybe it’s a VERY tiny bee? If anyone can tell me what this is, I’d be dumbfounded. :)

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