Queen Anne's Lace.

The Queen Anne's Lace (Daucus carota or wild carrot) is so aptly named for its intricate flower structure.

And see that red flower in the middle of the "lace"? Here's the reason why it's there: Link


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It's a fantastic photo, gail. I didn't know you're a talented photographer as well!

Regarding whether the red spot in the middle is to attract pollinating insects, it makes sense ... but insects (like bees, for instance) "see" the world very differently.
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Oh, and the Queen Anne in the legend was Queen Anne of Denmark (wife of James I of England), who was an avid and accomplished lace maker.

And I suppose the real reason there's a red spot in the middle is to attract pollinating insects....?
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Alex, thanks for posting my picture. I was taking a walk in the park yesterday evening, and that Queen Anne's Lace was just asking to be photographed.
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Ha, that's neat, I remember those things from growing up in Pittsburgh - come to think of it, I got in trouble once for trying to eat the root after some kid had told me it was just like a carrot (apparently my mom wasn't too keen on me eating some random wild plant just on the word of some equally random kid ... go figure!)
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