Sunday, August 16, 2009

Sunday Safari

It rained two inches this morning.
I was not sure we would be able to go bug hunting.
Around noon the rain stopped and we took off.

Last week the local chapter of the Sierra Club newsletter arrived.
An article about a prairie very near to our house caught our attention.
We had planned on exploring this native Prairie when we needed a close to home spot.
Today was the day!
I was so excited to see Hummingbirds on the Prairie.
No nectar feeders here!

Common Wood Nymphs flew in the undergrowth.

The Thistles are just beginning to bloom.
They are one of my favorite wild flowers.

Another set of bugs for Bug Guide to help out with.
I just call them Thistle bugs!

These are Milkweed nymphs.

The Indigo Buntings were about.
This male appears to be molting.

They will begin their Autumn Migration soon.

The Silverspots were out

as were the Goatweed Leafwings.

This is a beautiful Native Prairie.

We had so much fun hunting bugs today.


Chrissie said...

Great Safari, Sherry! So many bugs and thank you for the Hummingbird :-)

Randy Emmitt said...


Delightful series of photos especially the bunting. Your skipper in the thistle is a female Zabulon Skipper. KUDOs on the goatleaf leafwing, one butterfly I've never seen before.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

What a wonderful place. I love seeing the Goatwing butterfly. I don't think I have seen it before.
I am hoping we get some of that rain today. I think it is going north of us. boooo

Rose said...

I always enjoy your safaris on the prairie, Sherry. The super macros of the little insects are amazing! We have some thistle growing wild around the farm here, and I've noticed how much the bees and butterflies love it. The other day a gold finch was perched on top of one blossom, but of course I didn't have my camera.

I missed your post about your new cards the other day. Congratulations on being chosen! I will check this out when I return home from Oregon; these are so beautiful I would love to buy some!

ShySongbird said...

What a lovely safari, a great place to visit! Your photos are lovely again, how wonderful to have Humming Birds and I loved your Indigo Bunting, such a vivid colour!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The indigo bunting is having a bad hair day! Wonderful photos! The hills are alive!

Teri said...

Fantastic photos!!!!!!!!! WOW!! I love each and every one.

Flat Creek Farm said...

Wonderful Safari! I've tried for a very long time to capture a shot of the beautiful Indigo Bunting. I'm not giving up! Delightful pictures... I enjoyed them all. Thank you for sharing! -Tammy

Cheryl said...

Dear Sherry....a wonderful prairie indeed......what an absolute joy....

Hummingbirds are I envy you having these delightful birds....I could watch them forever and a day.

The wood nymph is amazing......the wings look like woven wood, hence the name....

I let thistles grow in my garden....the insects and birds love them and so do I.......

The bugs are are interesting and your photographs are to......a lovely lovely safari......tku for sharing your trip with us......

sweetbay said...

Thank you for taking us along on your safari. It's a treat to see the prairie, and your beautiful photos!

marmee said...

what a great safari...i love all the natives. we thought we might have seen a bunting here the other day. they are not common here.

Tammie Lee said...

all of your photos are amazing, the little bugs are so fun to see.

Meggie said...

How lovely they all are!
I just adore those thistles- we called them Scotch Thistles, as they are the Scottish Emblem flower. We used to eat the somewhat sweet nutlike centre, once the petals were all plucked off! Seems sad now, to recall how brutal we were to delicate flowers!

Catherine said...

A wonderful safari~and beautiful captures of it! The thistle is a beautiful wild flower~my son's fav~they pop up along side our long drive way~and my son always begs me to let them be, so we do~so much fun to watch the butterflys, insects and birds enjoy them! You're 'thistle bug' capture is my favorite~WOW what a capture! And the Indigo bunting~is close to tying~beautiful!!

Dawn Fine said...

Wonderful safari..
I want to go next time!

Wendy said...

Oh I like the thistle too! I'm glad the hummers were out and about, feeding from flowers. At the moment I have an abundance of wasps at my hummingbird feeder. Sometimes they try to chase the birds away!

Your pics are awesome. The details so perfect. And the prarie looks welcoming.
Happy summer - it's winding down.