Tag Archives: New England aster

Late Season Critters

Our weather has cooled down lately, particularly at night.  It is still warm enough for most of the insects though, so I went to a backwater area of Big Creek State Park and took some photos. This eastern tailed-blue was … Continue reading

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Lots of Butterflies Today

It got warm today, and we had lots of butterflies.  I counted 75 on my lunch walk today–probably the highest total for the year.  Most were orange sulfurs, but I saw a monarch, a couple of painted ladies, dainty sulfurs, … Continue reading

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When Plants Fail

I usually enjoy late September, although there seems to be something missing this year.  We have a plant called New England aster, Aster novae-angliae.  It is one of the native prairie plants, but it is also often planted along roadsides … Continue reading

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Like a Wet Car

This morning I took some photos of some shiny black beetles on a New England aster flower. I was surprised to see the reflections of the flower’s petals in the beetles.  

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Milkweed Happenings

The seed pods of common milkweed have dried up and split open.  Lightweight brown seeds attached to silky threads have found their way out. This one has found its way onto a New England aster.

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A Drone Fly

A number of insects are visiting the flowers now.  They seem pretty restless–they visit a number of flowers and do not stay long on any of them. I’ve seen a few butterflies–all moving fast and not staying long. This is … Continue reading

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