A very small bee sharing Ashy Sunflower with a Goldenrod Soldier Beetle.
In our prairie strip
A Gray Treefrog was stalked by a Praying Mantis, both on milkweed.
Hanging out on a common milkweed pod.
Our resident grew 1/2" in 24 hrs!
On swamp milkweed
A stand of Joe Pye in a wooded edge near a road, covered with Tiger Swallowtail and Silver Spotted Skipper butterflies.
Feeding on coneflower. Not much bigger than a honey bee.
On purple coneflower.
Got stuck on wet, slippery 6 inch plate during drizzle. Tiny.
Blooming in planted prairie strip
In a planted prairie strip
Forewings colored slate grey with small brown shape at inner margin. Wings fully displayed show hindwings colored orange and black alternately.
Drinking from puddles. Helio-tropism displays.
Cat predation left his remains on our lawn. Illustration of why cats should be indoors only.
Blooming in our sunny planted bed.
Toad; about 3 cm in length, found under logs.
Bush; green leaves about 5 - 6 cm in length. Flowers attract many bees and butterflies. Produces no berries.
Moth; 2.2 cm long with a wingspan of 3 - 3 1/2 cm. Attracted to light.
Seedlings (planted). The leaves look like a miniature of the adult leaf.
Found during weed trimming. Did not observe the food plant. Anyone know the ID?
A dark honeybee, several feeding on milkweed... see comment about color on my other observation of this species today.
Hurricane Bill is bringing lots of water to Ohio. Bedraggled Vulture not finding much sun to dry wings!
This little American Toad is different. He has retained part of his tail, perhaps. His spine sticks further than normal - out beyond his "back end", making it come to a "point". Seems to be thriving...
2015 in the Great Blue Heron rookery: 67 active nests! (Photo from google earth.) Concerned about development.
Eastern Cottontail, grazing but alert to my presence...
Common in lawns and oldfields throughout the area. Preferred food for Buckeye butterfly larvae.
Ragwort is filling many farm fields in the area, crowding out other plants and taking over. This specimen found in an area where Daisy Fleabane (native) formerly populated area.
Daisy Fleabane was used in straw beds in pioneer days, to repel pests, hence the name. Here, Tansy Ragwort (the yellow flower in the photo), a very agressive invasive, is crowding it out.