- Author: Robert J Keiffer
The Western Buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis) is one of the most common wildflowers in the oak woodlands, where you can find them in moist meadows or open woodlands in full to partial sun. The plant has three-lobed leaves which are normally close to the base (basal) of the plant.
A mix of sunshine and nectar attracts many insects, including this three-striped longhorn fairy moth. Both flower and insect are abundant at the UC Hopland Research & Extension Center right now. Don't delay going on your wildflower walks as the various wildflower blooms come and go quickly.
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