Category Archives: Insects

Blue Dasher

Blue Dasher It’s amazing what you can find by a small lake if you slow down, poke your head around in the plants and take a careful look. That’s how I found this female Blue Dasher Dragonfly on a walk … Continue reading

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Southern Spreadwing

Southern Spreadwing (Lestes australis) I discovered this tiny damselfly while taking a walk around Potter’s Lake last night. If there hadn’t been light reflecting off the wings I would have missed it.

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Unicorn Clubtail

Unicorn Clubtail, Arigomphus villosipes I like naming plants and animals. I believe that by knowing something you see more. To be able to name it means you have an awareness that helps you to see differences and similarities. Yesterday I photographed … Continue reading

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Wild Banana Bloom

Pawpaw, Asimina triloba Today at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis I photographed this wild banana tree; the Pawpaw. It is a native tree here and it occurs in the wild at the PGT. We should see it start … Continue reading

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Not Much Nectar

Honey Bee feeding on Compass Plant With the drought there aren’t many sources of nectar for bees and butterflies right now. This morning the only plants I saw bees feeding on were Compass Plants and Ashy Sunflowers.Thistles are also blooming … Continue reading

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Silent Summer

Bumblebees feeding on Swamp Loosestrife (Decodon verticillatus) Where are all the bugs this year? Normally this is the time of year when you would hear insects singing day and night. Normally you would see butterflies on every clump of wildflowers. … Continue reading

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Bumblebee on Buttonbush

Bumblebee feeding on Buttonbush Buttonbush is a wonderful flowering shrub that is great for attracting butterflies. It also attracts different kinds of bees. Today I photographed this bumblebee foraging for breakfast. Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis )likes to be near water. The … Continue reading

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Honeybees on Wild Hyacinth

Wild Hyacinth, Camassia scilloide Yesterday we found a patch of Wild Hyacinth blooming just east of Beaver Lake. The bees were actively working the flowers.

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Bumble Bee

Bumble Bee, (Bombus sp) I don’t understand the behavior of this Bumble Bee. It was rubbing it’s entire body into the center of the Prairie Rose. It would slowly lean and rotate as it’s body. I assume it was eating, … Continue reading

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Butterfly Catcher

Garden Spider, (Argiope aurantia) Butterflies are abundant on the Prairie Blazing Star. One of the predators for the butterflies is this large showy spider; the Garden Spider. Most people find spiders creepy but I think this one is quite beautiful.

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