While out looking for flowers to photograph I also have encountered a number of insects. Once you get down on your hands and knees it amazing what you can find. As you can see the Milkweed is ready to bloom and the Milkweed Beetles are already active.
Red Milkweed Beetles
There are a lot of Virginia Ctenuchas around right now.
I find that the best way to find insects in the prairie is to get down on your hands and knees and crawl around the ground. You would be amazed what you can find. I did that a few weeks ago and found a number if interesting insects.
I’ve been photographing some of the insects that have been making use of a large patch of Black-eyed Susans that are growing in the front yard.
Orange-belted Bumble Bee
On several walks along the Red Cedar Trail I’ve been able to photograph a number of insects.
Generally I don’t like goldenrod growing in my prairie area. I view it as a weed and invasive species. However, it does provide substance to a wide variety of insects. Since there hasn’t been much else to photograph lately I’ve been out photographing insects on my Canada Goldenrod plants. This has been a little different year because there have been almost no butterflies. Generally the Monarch Butterflies stop during their fall migration but I didn’t see a single one this year.
Goldenrod Soldier Beetle
- Red Legged Grasshopper
The one of the few late summer flowers in my prairie is the Canada Goldenrod. It is reaching its full bloom now. Because it is one of the few flowers blooming at this time of year it is the food source for a large number of critters. Yesterday I walked through the prairie and noticed over fifteen different types of bees, bugs and butterflies. It seems to be the primary food source for the Monarch Butterflies as they get ready to leave for Mexico. I’m a little concerned that the Monarchs are a little late in hatching this year and the Goldenrod is already in full bloom. Here are some of the critters I found in my goldenrod patch this week.
Great Spangled Fritillary