Tuesday, September 20, 2016

I think this is the same Monarch 4 hours later. (within 10 feet of previous photos and only Monarch left on our prairie today).

Monarch newly emerged from chrysalis.  Found this Monarch with its wings only partly pumped up on our prairie this morning.  Looks like it emerged from the chrysalis less that two hours ago. Had only two Monarchs on the prairie this morning.  We had over 30 just two days ago, but most pulled out for Mexico yesterday.

Same Monarch about 15 minutes later.  Its wings are pumped up farther, but still not complete.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Sow Thistle flower.  Nice flower, for a weed.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Painted Lady on Stiff Goldenrod.

Monarch and Red Admiral butterflies on Stiff Goldenrod.  Our Stiff Goldenrod seems to bloom later than most and this attracts many butterflies.  Had a late hatch of Monarchs in the last few days and counted over 30 on our 1 acre prairie this afternoon.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Orb-weaver spider in our flower garden.  This family of spiders is fairly large and look fierce, but are shy and retreat from people.  Probably a Araneus Diadematus species.