"For so work the honey-bees..."
"For so work the honey-bees, creatures that by a rule in nature teach the act of order to a peopled kingdom."
--William Shakespeare (Henry V, Act 1 Scene 2)
Wild "Sweet William" (Woodland Phlox - phlox divaricata) undergoing inspection by a bee.
Woodland phlox is a common wildflower throughout the Ozarks in early spring, with a huge variety of color ranging from near-white with lavender accents to deep violet. They're a welcome sight - once the phlox arrives, springtime is here to stay.
Upper Ogden Creek, Madison County, near Pettigrew AR.
More about Woodland Phlox here: http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/gardens-gardening/your-garden/plant-finder/plant-details/kc/e580/phlox-divaricata.aspx