2014 1st Place: Plants and Wildlife: Monarda fistulosa with Hyles lineata

Monarda-Fistulosa-with-Hyle
Photo by Audrey Boag
Monarda fistulosa with Hyles lineata
Mint Family (Lamiaceae)
2014 Photo Contest Winner: Native Plants & Wildlife Category
“This photo was taken near the north fork of Deer Creek in the foothills southwest of Denver on July 19, 2014.  Because Monarda Fistulosa is an important source of nectar, you don’t have to wait long before seeing one of its many striking pollinators such as the hummingbird moth shown here. Also called Bee Balm and Wild Bergamont, the plant is valued by herbalists and Native Americans for its medicinal properties and by gardeners for its prolific beauty.” – Audrey Boag