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Bug Squad      By Kathy Keatley Garvey    November 11, 2014

A honey bee gathering pollen. In the foreground, a freeloader fly. (Photo Kathy Keatley Garvey)It's cool how honey bees and syrphid flies gravitate toward the Iceland Poppy.

It's a winter plant, and frankly, there isn't much to eat out there.

The Iceland Poppy (Papaver nudicaule), a bowl-shaped, papery flower, fills the bill.

The name is a misnomer. It's not native to Iceland. It's from the cooler regions of Europe, Asia and North America, and the mountains of Central Asia. Botanists first described it in 1759.

Like all poppies, they're... 

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