Great Spangled Fritiliary
Driving down the dirt road toward the lake I was finding a lot of flowers in bloom but not as many butterflies as I expected. So since I am trying to learn summer wildflowers I took the opportunity to look at them without being distracted. First up was Spotted Knapweed.
Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea maculosa)
Goldenrod (Solidago juncea) and
I also noticed this goldenrod bunch gall. Usually I don’t notice them until the fall.
Below is Yellow stem Agrimony (Agrimonia gryposepala)
Agrimony (Agrimonia gryposepala)
St. Johns Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Deptford Pink (Dianthus armeria)
It doesn’t look impressive here but take a look at the seed head below. It was like Gulliver in the Lilliputian world of dandy lions only it isn’t a dandy lion.
Here is a few of the seeds.
As I drove on down toward the lake I passed a lot of White Sweet Clover (Melilotus alba) at least I think that is what this is.
White Sweet Clover (Melilotus alba)
Finally at the like is where I found most of the butterflies.
Calico Pennant (Celithemis elisa)
Dogbane Beetle (Chrysochus auratus)
Here is a delightful youtube video about Dogbane beetles.
On my way home I stopped to pick some wineberries. Yummy!
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