We waited until mid morning to go hunting for bugs.
We hiked in a wooded area with a stream and a mixed grass Prairie.
The Monarchs are mating.
There is still time before migration.
Purple Cone flowers are an important nectar source for many bugs.
Eastern Tailed Blues look so cute on the big cone flower head.
This is a tall Bellflower in a purple color rather than blue.
The Bellflowers grow in moist thickets and woods.
The Sweat Bees enjoyed these.
Many Daddy Longlegs were out hunting in the woods.
I watched one catch a small worm.
This sheetweb weaver is beautiful as is her web.
My Field Guide calls this spider a "Bowl and Doily Spider."
The insects in the woods are different than the ones in the Prairie.
Slowly I am learning all of their names.
This is a Metallic Woodborer, Cypriacis Fasciata.
I cannot find this fly in my guide book.
With over 350 species of Deer Flies it is difficult for one book to have all the insects.
I shall send a photograph to Bug Guide.
It is a wonderful resource.
Editor's update.....Bug Guide once again helped...
Fruit Fly, Paracantha Gentilis
Although it was cool this morning it is still Summer.
I expect temperatures to soar next week.
The break from the heat has been a gift!
We had a fun Sunday Safari.