Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Monarch butterfly tree, Lake Louise St. Park, Leroy Mn.  The tree line east of the prairie had about 200-300 monarch on it by 7 PM last evening.  As more butterflies would come in the Monarchs already there would open their wings and show there colors. A "don't stop here" signal?????

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Lake Louise State Park, LeRoy Mn has many Blazing Stars blooming and therefore has a large number of Monarchs right now.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Bobbie, Elise, and I saw this on Monday-For now I am speechless. 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Garden Spider web.

Garden Spider eating a Katydid.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Great Blue Heron.

Pelicans soaring high over the Mississippi backwaters last weekend. 

Monarch on Swamp Milkweed.

Bobbie got a better photo of a fresh Giant Swallowtail on Swamp Milkweed.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Giant Swallowtail butterfly.  An uncommon/rare species in Minnesota, but we have had some show up here in August for the last few years.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Fly on Mt. Mint.  The Mt. Mint seems to be the preferred pollen flower on our prairie this week.  Click on this photo once or twice to blow it up and see the amazing detail of this fly.

Honey Bee on Mt. Mint

Bumble Bee on Mt. Mint

Bumble Bee on Purple Coneflower.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Young male dropping in to feed.

The hummers were more interested in the Zinnas than the lilies today.

Notice that this young male is balancing on the filament of the lily.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Hummingbird on our Tiger Lily.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Tiger Swallowtail butterfly on Tiger Lily.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Anybody home??

The nest above is a Bald-faced hornets nest.  That nest was actually two years old and not occupied anymore.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Pearl Crescent butterfly.  Caterpillars feed on several species of asters, and we have an abundance of at least 6 aster species -asters bloom late in the summer and have not yet bloom here.