My wife and I took the opportunity to drive out to Hoffman Hills Recreation Area and walk around the prairie. These were some of the flowers and insects we found.
It must have mating season because the Dogbane Leaf Beetles could be found all over the milkweed plants.
Dogbane Leaf Beetle
Purple Prairie Clover
The White Water Lilies were blooming. Since they are fairly fresh it was easy to find some to photograph that were not covered with bugs or debris.
The Milkweed and the Common and Swamp Milkweed were starting to bloom. We did see a few Monarch Butterflies throughout the Meadows.
Butterfly weed was blooming throughout the Meadows.
We found quite a few other flowers blooming. Check the Crex Meadows website for a list of currently blooming flowers.
I made a trip out to Hoffman Hills Recreation Area to check on the flowers. There were a lot of wild flowers in bloom in the prairie area.
More photos from Hoffman Hills can be found on my website.
Showy Tick Trefoil
There were also a variety of insects enjoying the flowers.
Rose Chafer Beetles
On a recent trip to Crex Meadows I was able to photograph some of the midsummer wildflowers.
Prairie Blazing Star
White Water Lily