SB Project: Sketches 09 and 10
Aphids are really cute close up, but I am not a fan of them on my plants. :[
Monotropa uniflora are my favorite plants! Waxy, white, and very delicate, they lack chlorophyll and grow in damp forests around the world. I’ve personally seen them in western Pennsylvania (USA) and Hokkaido (Japan). Monotropa uniflora are myco-heterotrophs, which means they parasitize Russula and Lactaris mushrooms that are in a mutualistic symbiotic relationship with nearby trees (usually pine or American Beech). So technically they steal nutrients not only from the fungal colonies but also from the trees.