Monday, September 30, 2019

Black Swallowtail butterfly on New England Aster.

Monarch on New England Aster.  87 degrees here today and we still have many Monarchs.

Garter Snake crossing our driveway.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Bumble Bee on Stiff Goldenrod.

Female Cardinal in Giant Ragweed patch.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Honey Bee on Stiff Goldenrod.  Notice the large yellow pollen sac on its upper leg.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

 A flower loving fly that mimics a bee or wasp.  They are often called flower-flies, but I prefer to call them "Bee Flies" as they mimic the stinging wasps and bees for protection.  This time of year we have many species of these that are busy feeding on our late blooming prairie flowers.

Drone Fly.  Another species of fly that mimics for protection.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Monarch on Stiff Goldenrod.  We still have good numbers of Monarch-some of them look quite freshly emerged.

Wasp and Bumble Bee gathering pollen on Stiff Goldenrod.  This time of year they are so busy pollen gathering that they pay no attention to each other, or to me.

Sulfur Butterfly on Stiff Goldenrod.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Purple-stemmed Aster.  Late summer is the time of the Aster family of flowers.  We have at least 6 species of aster at our place and they add great splash of color and provide food for many insects.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Bald-faced Hornet on Panicled Aster.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Many Monarchs are putting up on the East sides of our large Norway Spruce today.  It appears they are trying to avoid the very strong West winds.

Grape Vine Folder Moth. 0.6 inches.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

White-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly.  This species seems to like our lower meadow.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Male Widow Skimmer Dragonfly.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Bumble Bee on Mountain Mint.

Soldier Beetles on Stiff Goldenrod.

Monarch on Rosin  Weed flower.  Saw many Monarchs this week.