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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


Honey Bee


Eastern Yellowjacket

Daddy Longlegs

Bumble Bee

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

Northern Crescent

Monarch Butterfly

Giant Swallowtail

Eastern tiger Swallowtail


More photos on my website.