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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)

Peck's Skipper

and a Least Skipper (Ancyloxypha numitor).  Skippers are related to butterflies and moths, and are placed in their own family, the Hesperiidae.

Least Skipper

I came across some Stiff Goldenrod (Solidago rigida) in bloom,

Stiff goldenrod

as well as Tall Goldenrod (Solidago altissima). All the flowers were being visited by various species of wasps, bees, and miniscule beetles.

Tall Goldenrod

The Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is still going strong.

Purple Coneflower

Mysterious blooms of Cream Gentian (Gentiana alba) peek out from the grass.

Gentian

A hoof-shaped shelf fungus hangs near lichen covered trees in the savannah woodland.

Hoof shaped mushroom

There were a lot of Eastern Tailed Blue (Everes comyntas) butterflies flitting close to the ground along the trail.

Eastern Tailed Blue

I managed to get a nice shot of a female with her wings open

Eastern Tailed Blue female

as well as a male.

Eastern Tailed Blue male

Several of the males were puddling in a damp patch of dirt, and were Very Interested in my salty hand sweat.

Eastern tailed Blue alights on my handSAMSUNG

Golden pollen shines on tall prairie grass.

Pollen on Grass

 

A Whitetail doe in her red summer coat browses at the edge of a meadow filled with Coreopsis and Queen Anne’s Lace.

Whitetail doe

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.

Ingwaz Gate

 

 

 

 

 

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