Finding Nature Where You Find It

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.

About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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