Tahoka Daisy With Bugs
Bugs are fond of these flowers and so am I. The False Tahoka Daisy described below is fairly common here too. I'll see if I can get a picture for comparison but I'm not sure I can get one worth posting. The False Tahoka Daisies are not very photogenic.
Tahoka Daisy, Tansy Aster - Machaeranthera tanacetifolia
Branched stems with fern-like leaves ending in flower heads with many bright purple, very narrow rays surrounding a yellow central disk. Tahoka-daisy is a low, spreading, 6-12 in. annual with delicate but showy, aster-like flowers. Numerous lavender rays surround a yellow center. The stems are densely covered with sharp-pointed, deeply cut leaves which appear fern-like. Plants often form clumps or mounds.
The fern-like leaves of this beautiful species make it one of the easiest to identify in a complex group. False Tahoka Daisy (M. parviflora) is similar but has smaller flower heads, each with a central disk only 1/4-1/2 (6-13 mm) wide, and less elaborately divided leaves; it occurs from Utah south to Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico.Wildflower.org
Anyone know what the bugs are?