Another giant resin bee. These bees are monstrous in size! Feeding on hosta, inserting "tongue" into flower base, not entering flower opening.
Found in our prairie strip
Seedlings (planted). The leaves look like a miniature of the adult leaf.
Hummingbird's eye view.
First bloom, Canada Lily
Found during weed trimming. Did not observe the food plant. Anyone know the ID?
Many Red Admiral butterflies are feeding in the area. They love the Echinacea.
Blooming and drawing lots of pollinator species. Looks a little water stressed from near record June rains.
Blooming as a volunteer in our prairie.
First blooms on this date...
Two Red Admiral butterflies feeding on Privet hedge.
Hurricane Bill is bringing lots of water to Ohio. Bedraggled Vulture not finding much sun to dry wings!
Soldier beetle on privet flowers.
A flower fly, feeding on privet flowers, stops to rest. This one is large - almost honeybee size.
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.
Cat-tails releasing seed. Not sure if this is Typha hybrid or broad leaf cat-tail.
Feeding on flowers of invasive Dame's Rocket in afternoon sun, with occasional displays of heliotropism.
A pair of birds are nesting nearby and visiting our feeder.
Prairie Dock in Ohio, in May. Recording wildflowers before bloom to help others with ID.
Resting nest of Blarina brevicauda, sheltered underneath a sheet of galvanized steel, against a barn. Nest became active earlier in April, as nest was refurbished with grass and insulative materials (fur, pieces of plastic bag, leaves) and trails around nest were opened up and tamped down by traffic.
Bloodroot in bloom. Blossoms close at night. Collected from my father's farm in the 1980's, now in my woodland wildflower garden.
Virginia Bluebells, transplanted from my father's farm.
Garlic mustard, an agressive invasive plant, is growing in the mitigation area near the New Albany Plain Local Schoolbus compound.
Great Egret seen daily in a 3 week period, starting 4-27-15. Had a yellow beak/dark legs. There at 7 AM & leave when residents began walking dogs (8:30 to 9:00 AM). Twice seen in another wetland not far from the early morning site.
Single Jack-in-the-Pulpit in our woodland wildflower garden, transplanted from father's farm in Morrow County, near Marengo
During a gentle rain shower, this little Hyla showed up on a church parking lot. (bad photo, used headlights)
After a heavy rain shower, bee climbed from under petals of Dame's Rocket (invasive). Wet & lethargic, bee crawled onto the flower, began to feed, in about 3 minutes, activity increased, & flew off to forage in immediate area.