Sunday I went to Marietta Sand Prairie (right after Iowa State won their ball game). I was hoping to find some late season insects. I had not been out with my camera for a few weeks because the weather and my schedule did not cooperate. I was only there for a short time–there were pheasant hunters out, and as I was not wearing blaze orange it seemed like it might not be very wise to be crawling around in the weeds.
There were not a lot out anyway, and not many flowers. But there were a couple of very late flowers blooming by the parking lot, with some insect visitors.
I am not sure what this tiny bee is.
I was surprised to see this butterfly so late in the year. Clouded sulfur, I believe.
I think this small bee could be Sphecodes davisii.
Flowers are now difficult to find, as are the flower visiting insects. The season is mostly at an end. For a few months I will sort pictures and take macro photos inside instead of out in nature. And that is not nearly as much fun.
But spring will come soon enough.