Sunday, June 29, 2014

The real "Green Hornet"

This "green hornet" is really a small(1/2 inch) sweat bee species, probably Agapostemon.

Bobbie got this backlit photo of the underside of a Crescent butterfly.

Crescent butterfly.

Red-spotted Purple butterfly getting minerals off my work gloves that were used to lay cement.

Red-spotted Purple underwing.

Forester Moth ( 1 inch).

Female 12-spotted Skimmer dragonfly.  To view more of our nature photos go up and to the right and click on June 2014 or any other month desired.

Female Widow Skimmer dragonfly.

Como Falls-Hokah, Mn , Houston County Mn

Foxglove flowers blooming on our prairie.

The Early Sunflower is the first of the sunflower-like species to bloom on the prairie.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Female and Male hummers at our feeder.  The Males guard the feeders and keep all other males from their food source.

Prairie Phlox, Hayden Prairie.

Small Yellow Star Grass, Hayden Prairie.

Wild pea, Hayden Prairie.

Pucoon blooming on native prairie.


We had a large hatch of Red Admiral butterflies yesterday.  The larva feed on nettles, so without that itchy weed we would not have these lovely creatures.

The Goat's Beard only blooms for a few hours each morning in our driveway ditch.

Pearl Crescent butterfly in our domestic flower garden. The Pearl is only about 1.5 inches across.

Red-spotted Purple Butterfly

Thursday, June 12, 2014


White Lady's Slipper, a rare flower of high quality prairies.

Yellow Lady's Slipper.  They bloom both in the woodlands and on some prairies.  They bloom first in woods, later on the prairies.

Prairie Smoke blowing in the North wind.

The small (less than 1/2 inch) flower of Yellow Star Grass.