This afternoon I took a walk through the restored prairie area of my local park. The weather was a bit hot and humid, but breezy, with gusts and eddies of wind blowing through the tall grasses and fluttering the leaves of the trees. There were a number of Skipper butterflies about, including a Peck’s Skipper (Polites peckius)
and a Least Skipper (Ancyloxypha numitor). Skippers are related to butterflies and moths, and are placed in their own family, the Hesperiidae.
I came across some Stiff Goldenrod (Solidago rigida) in bloom,
as well as Tall Goldenrod (Solidago altissima). All the flowers were being visited by various species of wasps, bees, and miniscule beetles.
The Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is still going strong.
Mysterious blooms of Cream Gentian (Gentiana alba) peek out from the grass.
A hoof-shaped shelf fungus hangs near lichen covered trees in the savannah woodland.
There were a lot of Eastern Tailed Blue (Everes comyntas) butterflies flitting close to the ground along the trail.
I managed to get a nice shot of a female with her wings open
as well as a male.
Several of the males were puddling in a damp patch of dirt, and were Very Interested in my salty hand sweat.
Golden pollen shines on tall prairie grass.
A Whitetail doe in her red summer coat browses at the edge of a meadow filled with Coreopsis and Queen Anne’s Lace.
And lastly, through a chain link Ingwaz-gate, early ripe apples hang on the trees in the abandoned Pomology Research Center next to the park.