Sunday, August 31, 2014

Butterflies in May

  • American copper
  • brown elfin
3rd week..
  • hoary elfin
  • frosted
2nd week...
  • Henry's
  • eastern pine

September Bloomers

October lady's-tresses
aromatic aster

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Great Burdock

I think the one I found was big enough to ID it as the "larger" species. Also, as I pay more attention to insects, I've found that German yellow jacket and Western honey bee are the likely species around Madison.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


I can't help but notice all the colorful wings around me! I'm going to make a better effort to ID butterflies in the prairie. It looks like now is a good time to see gray hairstreaks, variegated fritillary, purplish fritillary, etc.

Monday, August 18, 2014


Back to my curmudgeonly attitude toward strictly ornamental gardens: I don't like them! There are so many native, beautiful plants to choose from; why choose those that have no other purpose than pretty flowers?
flower pot near my apartment
Sure, the petunias and garden lobelias are pretty, but I'd rather see something with wildlife value in green spaces.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature

I went for a walk yesterday through lakeshore, as usual. (I tried to write this post through the iPad app, which needs some updating! There are very limited tools and the pics upload to a huge size...)
hairy sunflower
Anyway, this is such a fantastic time of year because everything is yellow! From the forest understory to the prairie, sunflowers and their relatives are in full bloom.
saw-tooth sunflower
There's a paler plant, though, that also won't go unnoticed. It forms the "over story" of the prairie this time of year, and grows to amazing heights.

pale Indian-plantain

Saturday, August 16, 2014


Finally got an ID for that tricky flower along lakeshore path!