Posts Tagged ‘flowers’

Dandelions

It’s obvious why there are so many dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) around the yard.

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Each flowerhead produces a LOT of seeds …

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with a little help from the insects.

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Wind disperses the

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the parachute – like seeds.

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Each dandelion flowerhead contains both female and male flowers.

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Dandelions don’t actually need wind or insects to pollinate the flowers. If you look close at a female flower and follow it down, you’ll see that they each of them is in a tube. The tube is the male flower. So, the female flower becomes pollinated as it grows out through the male flower.

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Redbuds in Bloom

The redbud tree adds vibrant pink to our front yard.

Notice the flowers in the upper right of the picture above. Two of the flowers are in profile.

They are an attractive flower.

Our redbud isn’t the healthiest of trees. It looks old, but determined to be in the yard for as long as it can. I have no idea how old it is.

A Snout Butterfly

The picture window by my computer offers a good view of this huge hackberry tree.

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Hackberry trees are one of the host plants for the caterpillar of the snout butterfly.

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Their name “snout” refers to the elongated mouth parts (labial palpi).

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They lay their eggs singly in hackberry trees (Celtis sp.). The adults also visit flowers, mud puddles and other moist areas. The one above was nectaring on catmint (Nepeta sp.) in the garden.

A Day-Flying Moth

When is a  bumblebee not a bumblebee?

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…  when it’s a snowberry clearwing moth (Hemaris diffinis).

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They hover to feed at flowers. In this case, it’s a sedum just starting to bloom.

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I hope more will stop for a sip.

A Spreadwing Skipper

A Horace’s duskywing skipper (Erynnis horatius) took time to feed on a blazing star.

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The adults visit flowers and mud puddles.

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The ones in southern Illinois emerge from early April to mid October.

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They prefer warm sunny spots in clearings along the edges of woodlands, and roadsides.

 

A Monarch Butterfly

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This is only the only monarch butterfly I’ve seen this week.

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It stopped to feed on the tiny white flowers of this honey vine Cynanchum lavae, before flying on to the north.

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What a beautiful way to start the day!

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And then …. I was weeding in the garden, around the honey vine.

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And there was a monarch caterpillar feeding on one of its leaves.

That was a first for me … calls for more research.

A Katydid

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The small size of the wings indicated this was a young katydid. The body was about an inch long.

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  It’s also known as a long-horned grasshopper because of the length of its antennae.

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 Its diet consists of  leaves, flowers, bark and seeds.

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  The length of its antennae also distinguishes it from a grasshopper.

It was so nice of it to pose for me.