Thursday, October 3, 2013
It is most common from southern British Columbia to southern Saskatchewan and south to the border with Mexico. This species is a generalist feeding on a wide variety of herbaceous plants, but appears to prefer legumes (Fabaceae) (alfalfa).
Adults frequently visit flowers for nectar in open meadow habitats during the day. They are most commonly collected during the night and come readily to lights. They have been collected at almost all times of the year, beginning in February and extending to the end of November.
It is mostly found in May, late July and late September.
This is a Lophocampa maculata, the Mottled tussock moth.
It ranges across southern Canada, western US, south in Appalachians to South Carolina, Kentucky. It likes deciduous forests. Adults (usually) fly from May to July and the tufted caterpillars are from July to September. They prefer leaves of poplar and willow, but also feed on alder, basswood, birch, maple, oak.
Beautiful mosaic on the lower border of its wings.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Saturday, August 31, 2013
The stiff goldenrod is in the middle right of the bouquet, just above the two biggest sunflowers. The flowers are arranged differently than most goldenrod.
The false boneset (Brickellia eupatorioides) is the beige-colored flower on the left. The leaves of false boneset are arranged differently than common boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum). Both plants have similar blooms and both are medicinal, just for different things.
I look forward to the lovely goldenrod popping up everywhere this time of year. And it's a very good cut flower, too. The sunflowers need to be put in water right away, though, they wilt much faster than goldenrod.
If you get flowers from the ditch like I do, be sure to give them a good shaking before you get back in your vehicle. There are a lot of happy insects and arachnids hanging out on them who would like to continue their normal lives. So let them, yeah?
The only things I admire about it, is that in the drought years it grew just fine, juuuust fine. I have to admire that. And like I said, the flowers are cute.