there were many (20+) Monarchs spotted around this lake today.
Better picture later
Seen near a road, vanished down the walking path shown on the map after appearing in our car's headlights.
Found this female missing one leg crossing the paved trail.
Found resting on vegetation on an open path (powerlines) through a wooded area in close proximity to a very small cattail wetland.
Found nectaring on goldenrod. Open fields near marshes and woodland habitat.
Found nectaring on prairie fleabane. (IDed on bugguide.net http://bugguide.net/node/view/581154)
Found nectaring on prairie fleabane. Open field habitat near marshes and woodland.
A second less prevalent species of hover fly. Was mostly found nectaring on prairie flea bane in a field near wooded habitat.
These hover flies were everywhere. Out of the three species that I saw this was by far the most prevalent. They were mostly found at rest on vegetation or nectaring on prairie fleabane.
I didn't think that there would be any frogs active at this time of year but I chanced upon this leopard frog while walking across a field. The sighting was between two marshy wetlands; a good 30 feet from either one.
Took a picture of this guy thinking it was a true bug, but not investigating because I was distracted by hover flies and hymenopterans. The picture may be too blurry for an ID
Female. Observed in a web made within the stems of goldenrod between two wetlands. Temperature was ~65F. Active insects in immediate area included hover flies and hymenopterans. Web did not include zigzag pattern.