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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

Red Milkweed Beetles

There are a lot of Virginia Ctenuchas around right now.

Virginia Ctenucha

Virginia Ctenucha

Stink Bug

Stink Bug

Fly

Fly

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.

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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

Orange-belted Bumble Bee

Two-Striped Grasshopper

Two-Striped Grasshopper

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Honey Bee

Honey Bee

Flower Fly

Flower Fly

Bee Wolfe

Bee Wolfe

On several walks along the Red Cedar Trail I’ve been able to photograph a number of insects.

Japanese Beetle

Japanese Beetle

Honey Bee

Honey Bee

Flower Fly

Flower Fly

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.

Coral Hairstreak

Fly

Goldenrod Soldier Beetle

Honey Bee

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.

Monarch Butterflies

Great Spangled Fritillary

Red Admiral

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

Sulphur

Honey Bee

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Eastern Yellowjacket

Daddy Longlegs

Bumble Bee