I’ve been walking on the Red Cedar State Trail several times this week. The big thing is the number of flowers blooming along the trail. In an earlier post I had mentioned that the False-Rue-Anemone, Marsh Marigolds, and Spring Beauty were blooming. They are continuing to bloom in large numbers. The Marsh Marigolds are now in full bloom all along the trail.
This week a number of new flowers are blooming along the trail.
The White Trout Lilies are just starting to bloom. They should be in full bloom by this weekend
Wild Blue Phlox are starting to be seen along the trail in small bunches.
Common Blue Violets can be seen all along the trail and are in full bloom.
Swamp Buttercups are also starting to bloom all along the trail.
There are many more flowers blooming along the trail including Wild Ginger, Gooseberry, Ostrich Ferns, Ground Ivy, Cut-leaved Toothwort and Early Meadow Rue.
In addition to the wildflowers there were large numbers of butterflies on the trail. Swallowtails, Red Admirals, Mourning Cloaks, Fritillaries, Sulphurs, Whites and Blues.
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
While the flowers are early this year the bird migration is not. I’ve seen a few American Redstarts but it doesn’t appear that the Warbler migration has started yet. Unfortunately the trees will likely be leafed out by the time the migrations is underway making it difficult to see the birds.
The weather has been very humid so I haven’t done much hiking on the Red Cedar State Trail this summer. This past week I went out several times and encountered a large number and variety of butterflies. This was the most butterflies I’ve ever seen on the trail. This seems to be a great year for butterflies. I’ve seen more of them this year than ever before.
Red Spotted Purple Admiral
Eastern tiger Swallowtail
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During the past few weeks I’ve seen an amazing number of butterflies in my small prairie. Normally this time of year I’ll see a few but butterflies but every day for the past several weeks I’ve been seeing large numbers of Eastern Tiger Swallowtails, Giant Swallowtails and Red-spotted Purple Admirals. The first batch of summer Monarchs hatched a few weeks ago and they have been very active in large numbers around the farm.
I’ve also been seeing a few Black Swallowtails, Fritillaries, Little Wood-Satyrs, Northern-Pearly-eyes, Silver-spotted Skippers and Black Swallowtails.
Normally it is difficult to get photos of them this time of year but that hasn’t been a problem this year. Almost all of the butterflies are feeding on the Wild Bergamot that abounds on the farm.
In addition to the large number of butterflies I’ve been seeing a large number of Clearwing Hummingbird Moths around the farm. I’ve been photographing in the same area for six years now and this is the first year I’ve seen Hummingbird Moths.
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Eastern tiger Swallowtail
Little Wood Satyr
Clearwing Hummingbird Moth