On purple coneflower.
Early morning after 1.75 inches of rain.
Got stuck on wet, slippery 6 inch plate during drizzle. Tiny.
Blooming in planted prairie strip
In a planted prairie strip
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.
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.