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Silly Sunday Post: Sacred Datura Bloom With Bug

Sacred Datura, Benson, AZ

I drove to Benson, AZ yesterday to visit with a client.  Benson is more rural than Tucson, and the early-morning drive east on Interstate 10 was enjoyable.  Turning south at my destination, I crossed a cattle guard near Cochise College.  The monsoon rains had provided moisture enough for this plant (Sacred Datura) to blossom, and the sun was just right. 

(It's amazing what you'll find when you're looking for blog fodder!)  Looking down into the flower, I was surprised by a little polka-dotted beetle having breakfast.  Cute little guy, isn't he?

Have a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by to visit.


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Comment balloon 22 commentsMike Jones • September 06 2009 07:55PM


NEAT! Mother Nature has such a palette! We have some bugs that blend into our citrus trees. I've never seen them ANYWHERE else.

I have some land down in Cochise Co ~ I need to go see it. I LOVE the Sacred Datura. Bee-yoo-tee-ful!

Posted by Candice A. Donofrio, 928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text (Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker) over 11 years ago

Hey Mike, beautiful photo. Datura? What was it that those books by Don Juan in the 70's said about the roots?

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike

Great photo, nice bug.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 11 years ago


Thanks for commenting.  The success thing has been working pretty well lately, thanks in large part to Active Rain.


Right you are.  The plant is poisonous if ingested.  See the link above; it's pretty interesting.


Thanks for being the first to comment!  Amen to Mother Nature's pallette.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Some bugs are so colorful and do provide a good benefit to the environment.

Posted by Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com (Real Estate One) over 11 years ago

Mike, He is a very cute guy.  I hope you didn't interrupt his breakfast.

Our son has 21 hours from Cochise college but the only thing that he can use is the physical education.  He went from Intelligence to Marine Engineering.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago

Hey Mike, i clicked on the link and it was fascinating! I always enjoy your posts about the outdoors and your part of the world!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 11 years ago

I've never seen a bug that color nor a sacred datura.  You are a great teacher! 

Posted by Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona (Leolinda Realty) over 11 years ago

I love close-up photos like this ... beautiful!

Posted by Sallie Williams, REALTOR - MBA, Baton Rouge (Keller Williams Realty RED STICK PARTNERS) over 11 years ago

Interesting link.

My takeaways:  Cool photos and "Scopalomine is no pal o' mine..."

Posted by Mike Jaquish, 919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate (Realty Arts) over 11 years ago

Everyone has to eat. Cool photo inside the flower. Sometimes looking a little closer yields a nice surprise.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 11 years ago

Nifty photos (as always) -- take care and have a nice Labor day.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) over 11 years ago

Mike, I have these growing in my garden. We call them moon flower bushes. And yes, it is not too uncommon to see bugs in the blossoms...

Helping you live your American dream... 

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Great flower photo...  Thanks for sharing it's inner beauty.... Have a great week

Posted by Diane Daley (Caron's Gateway Real Estate) over 11 years ago


Thanks.  You, too!


Pollination at work.


Thanks for stopping by.  I particularly appreciated your emails this weekend, and expect they will bear fruit.

Terry (or is Bonnie the blogger?)

That's right, isn't it?  Looking a little closer almost always discloses something new.


I'm glad you checked out the link.  Did you see the pottery at the bottom of the page?


Thanks!  I'll see you on your blog.


Re the bug, neither have I!  We have the plant in our neighborhood, but I had not stopped to take a photo.  The sunlight shining through the blossom is what caught my attention.


Thanks for clicking the link and exploring!  See you again soon.


Now that you mention your son's experience, I remember that's the I-10 exit for Fort Huacucha.  My kid brother John was an intelligence officer, so I'm familiar with the military base down there.


...and in this case, pollinating the plant for reproduction.  Thanks for commenting.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago


Shame on me!  I stopped reading when I read about the dangers of the Datura plant.

Glad I checked back in to see your response, and, now I can say, "Yes, I have seen the pottery."


Posted by Mike Jaquish, 919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate (Realty Arts) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike - When we lived in So. Cal, we'd see these around.  Used to call them "road lilies", not knowing their official name. Thanks for the education!

Posted by Karen Cooper, Helping Homeowners w/Home Loans in 27 US States (Karen Cooper | Sr Retail Loan Originator ! NMLS # 223305 | 360 Mortgage Group LLC Austin Texas) over 11 years ago

Mike- Amazing photos as always! You are a very good photographer and should sell your photos! Katerina

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 11 years ago

Mike that is a beautiful flower!  The bug is well disguised, and hard to see.  Thanks for sharing this with us.

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) over 11 years ago

Tony & Darcy,

I couldn't see that little bug until I looked directly down into the flower.


Which ones would you like to buy?  :)


I like that name!


Thanks for coming back!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

None of the Datura species need a lot of moisture in order to grow and bloom.

There's a closely related species called Brugmansia which once were in the Datura family but which we now know are different. However, Brugmansia is just as dangerous as Datura. Most people know the Brugmansia as an angel's trumpet. Here are my biggest and best:

Angel's trumpet from San Diego home inspector Russel Ray

Angel's trumpet from San Diego home inspector Russel Ray

I also read the comments. Michael Thornton (comment #14) is mistaking his moonflower for Datura, which it is not. Most people don't grow the Datura in their gardens because one of its common names is stinkweed. The leaves and stems smell absolutely horrible if crushed or touched, but the flowers are heavenly smelling, especially at night.

The moonflower is in the morning glory genus Ipomoea -- Calonyction species.

Posted by Not a real person over 11 years ago

Amazing pictures Mike.

Posted by John Hurbon (Homesmart International Tucson,AZ) over 8 years ago

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