Inspiration

Rev 22:1 And he showed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding out of the 5throne of God and of the Lamb in the middle of its street. ~~~ Live in the USA? Get a free Bible and free Christian books

Monday, August 10, 2015

Working Breakfast




I joined several walkers, fellow explorers, and breakfast eaters at the park this morning.  
The Red Admiral Butterfly above was enjoying the last of the Wild Bergamot.  

An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail found a nice patch of Prairie Blazing Star to sip among.  

And the Soldier Beetles were out in full force offering their pest control services to search, destroy, and devour bugs bad for plants.  They found plenty of chow among the variety of summer flowers.

Enjoy!

~ Robin

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Close to shore . . .


Exploring closer the shoreline today I made some unusual finds.  A dragonfly lives most of its life underwater as a nymph.  They have exoskeletons, so in order to grow, they molt off their old 'skin'.  This looks like the final molt left-over for an adult dragonfly.



Not long afterward, I came across a Great Black Wasp enjoying a swamp milkweed.







And lastly, the skeletonizing Japanese Beetles are back.  This one is enjoying lunch under the spotty shade of his own handiwork. 

Enjoy!

~ Robin






Thursday, July 23, 2015

Butterfly Flourishes





Several butterflies could be seen flitting about at the park yesterday.  A number of people have expressed concern about the monarchs.  I am happy to report many more sightings this year than last year. 

Enjoy!

~ Robin

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Summer Laborers



Summer laborers do not tire when it comes to pollinators.  They are out in abundance and hard to miss.
Enjoy!

~ Robin



Sunday, July 12, 2015

Bergeoning Bergamot







The Wild Bergamot are opening.  Some plants have so many names - this one included.  It is sometimes called Mint-leaf Bea Balm, or Bee Balm or Horsemint.  Watch this one, it is a favorite of the clear-wing moths.  

Enjoy!

~ Robin

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Measuring Up Just Fine.




The inchworms have been busy surveying this summer.  Apparently, they find summer measuring up just fine!

Enjoy!


~ Robin



Thursday, July 2, 2015

Summer Natives in Macro







The park has scattered patches of Wild Quinine along the creek.  This unusual flower is on the state endangered list.  They seem to be doing well at the park.  A more common native is also starting to dance onto the scene: Purple Prairie Clover.  And lining the lake at the park are Prairie Dogbane.

Enjoy!

~ Robin