Prairie Meadow – August 2011

The prairie is very tall right now, and very wet from all the rain we’ve had.  The northern, drier side has lots of blooms.  The southern, wetter side has   a big population of Sneezeweed this year (it doesn’t actually make you sneeze), and it looks like it’s going to start blooming any day.   It’s beautiful, but very wet – wear your rubbers if you plan to walk along the path!

Here are some photos from this afternoon.

The prairie meadow

 

Black-eyed Susans

 

White-faced Meadowhawk

 

Bumblebee on Purple Coneflower

 

Bee with lots of pollen

 

Goldenrod Soldier Beetle on Blue Vervain

 

Blue Vervain

 

Syrphid Fly on Purple Coneflower

 

 

 

Northern Crescent

 

Monarch on Purple Coneflower – a worn female.  As butterflies get older, they lose some of the scales that cover their wings – you can see the places on this one where the colors and the lines aren’t as bright.  There’s also a piece out of the edge of her left wing where it looks like a bird took a bite.  Butterflies can fly for quite a long time even with damaged wings.

 

The same Monarch – looking at the underside of her wings

 

Honeybee on Blue Vervain

 

Honeybee on Purple Coneflowers

 

Cabbage White on Blue Vervain

 

 

Marcie O’Connor
August 2, 2011