Heirs apparent!

Thank goodness their mom was able to find some native milkweed after such a long flight, eh? I hear the non-native milkweeds are actually bad for the monarchs. Thus, the less-than-fastidious lawn mowing in the park this summer is serving a greater purpose, it seems.

Meanwhile, the yellow salsify (Tragopogon dubius) has opened just outside the maintenance yard, and the lance-leaved tickseed (Coreopsis lanceolata) is feeding some tiny pollinator on the steep slope from the beer garden down to the river.

My favorite new pollinator, though, is this pure golden-green sweat bee (Augochlora pura) on the meadow garlic (Allium canadense) we first saw on Sunday near the base of one of the stairs down to the river. And, no, that’s not the typo I thought it was. They’re really called sweat bees, not sweet bees, as I had originally thought, because “they are often attracted to perspiration.” Luckily, “they are only likely to sting if disturbed,” and “the sting is minor.” Amazing color, though, eh?

Finally, here is a firefly without a flash (Pyropyga nigricans), as far as I can tell, near the base of another one of the stairs down to the river.

Well, that’s it for today, campers. Make sure you enjoy the fine weather out there, with appropriate precautions, of course, before it gets too steamy.

Published by Andrew Dressel

Theoretical and Applied Bicycle Mechanic, and now, apparently, Amateur Naturalist. In any case, my day job is teaching mechanics at UWM.

One thought on “Heirs apparent!

  1. Holy moly. I looked at the caterpillar photo and smelled and felt caterpillar. (Lots of monarchs and fields and milkweed growing up.)

    Well done, as always.


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