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Blackberry Loopers posing on goldenrod stem
A thick stand of goldenrod occupies a vacant lot in Canton, Massachusetts. Each inflorescence is a hub of insect activity. Immediately obvious are the pollinating bees and wasps, the questing ants, and a few large yellow-and-black Megacyllene beetles. A closer inspection reveals even more life here. Hiding among the flowers are ambush bugs patiently waiting for prey and a few perfectly camouflaged crab spiders sitting with arms spread out in welcome. Without knowing what to look for, this might have been the end of our list, but there they are, ridged and perfectly still, blackberry emeralds seamlessly attached to bright green goldenrod stems.