I have recently moved from an apartment complex to a house in the small town of Woodward, Iowa. The house is a great improvement over the cramped apartment I was living in. I have a yard, but it is a mostly typical yard with little biological diversity. I have one small tree and a flower bed with bleeding hearts and some kind of mint that I can’t identify yet. But I also have a few yard weeds–dandelion, violets, and creeping Charlie.
I understand that people hate creeping Charlie, and I understand why. But if you look at it closely you will see a very spectacular flower.
I found a few butterflies getting nectar from the dandelions. There were several painted ladies the other day.
Yeah, I have red admirals too…
I found a small syrphid fly.
And a bee–possibly in the Eucerini.
I hope to add some native flowers in order to make my yard a better habitat. I need to start somewhere.