- The pasture rose was in full bloom
- Pale-purple monarda fistulosa was drawing bumblebees, including one large, handsome specimen that totally ignored my presence for several minutes, allowing me a good long look at bumblebee feeding behavior
- A short early goldenrod was already blooming, attracting lots of tiny bees and hoverflies
- White yarrow was everywhere
- I saw my first whorled milkweed. The scent was amazing, something like a cross between lily of the valley and Japanese honeysuckle.
- Among the butterflies flittering everywhere were an American painted lady and a black swallowtail.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Yesterday afternoon brought time for a brief ramble along the meadow loop trail at Wildwood Metropark in Toledo. While I wasn't expecting much, given that Ohio's meadow and prairie flowers peak much later in the summer, a number of interesting things were happening. (And of course, I had left the camera at home!)