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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Wildflower season

Every autumn, we finally get a wildflower season when all the weeds out in the un-tilled places bloom... and sadly... just as the butterflies are finding them, the roadside crews get busy turning a riot of colour into brown stubble. 
Seems to be nothing I can do about the road side, but enjoy the flowers at my house... And for God's sake... Don't mow anything!
I planted these ironweeds in the vegetable garden multiple times only to have them die. too dry.
This ironweed is planted next to the house where it gets extra water off the roof. the butterflies are happy that I kept trying...
A twofer... gotta look close, (or enlarge), not the best light for shooting butterflies.

Agalinis in the rear-view mirror.

 Spotted these caterpillars on the scratch daisies...cucullia alfarata...
 camphorweed cucullia... Camphorweed Owlet Moth.

Incidentally... I also spotted A couple Selenisa sueroides on the sesbania... but couldn't locate them again when I finally brought back the camera.... gotta be quick or miss out. That caterpillar was very cool... and online pics do not capture it at all.
Edit...
Here's the Selenisa sueroides...
 I kept checking the sesbania... and suddenly a new batch of caterpillars. they're not waving their tails like the first one did... but still... neat cat.


oenonthra filipes


 Blue curls (Trichostema dichotomum)


 Camphor weed and golden aster

Also the golden aster buds seem picture worthy

eupatorium serotinum

 Southern Oak leech (aureolaria pectinata)

While we're doing "southern"... This is southern joint weed...
I've also got Dixie whitetop aster...
Wasn't easy identifying this...
Pretty interesting how many unusual plants I have here that Nobody recognizes... 

How about an american lady on a wood sunflower?


Last year I took video of a goldfinch chewing the seeds out of this clump of wild sunflower...
Speaking of gold....
In this day and age of Zika, everybody should have these guys in all their water features.... they spend all their time vacuuming the surface of the water!

And... Finally.... Check the garden spider that decided to be a bedroom spider... 

 

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