So, I'll miss the little muppet.
|Magick - January 1, 2003 - August 30, 2010|
Anyway... this is what I saw while I was out.
|Great Black Wasp on Bubbles|
|Fiery Skipper on Marsh Thistle|
Fiery Skippers are having a great year at the South Pond. There are hundreds of them. Here's one on a Marsh Thistle. At least I'm pretty sure it's Marsh Thistle. It's next to the pond, but the maps I find usually say that the southern edge of the plant's range is southern Wisconsin. Though, you know, Chicago isn't a ridiculous distance from southern Wisconsin, so it's not unreasonable that the park folks would choose to install it here. ANYWAY... if you click on the picture to make it bigger, you can see the butterfly's proboscis as he feeds from the flower.
|Argiope on Railing|
|I'm Ready for My Close Up|
|Pondhawk on Broadleaf|
An Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly on a leaf over that same patch of bubbly algae. I was playing with the bokeh a little. I wanted an angle where I wouldn't get that dead leaf under the dragonfly's leaf, but my mobility was kind of limited on the boardwalk. Still, I think the dragonfly pops out.
Look how prominent his antennae look against the plant. You can also see how he's holding on with all of his feet.
His eyes are so pronounced in this shot. He's not looking at me head-on, but your eyes still go straight to his red ones.
|Cuckoo in the Rattlesnake Master|
Same kind of plant, different kind of bug. Google tells me this is a Cuckoo Bumblebee. And if you read up on these things, they're nasty! They infiltrate hives of other bees and take over.
|Fire Colored Beetle on Rattlesnake Master|
|Eye Catching Monarch|
Monarchs, Monarchs everywhere. I'm starting to see more Monarchs in Chicago. I don't think I've taken a walk all summer where I haven't found at least one. This shot is fun because it has this great 3D effect where the butterfly and the branch it's perched on seem to stick out from the leaves in the background.
This is Butterfly Milkweed. Not only are they a beautiful, bright flower, they attract the Brushfoot Butterflies and their larva. This will be key in the next post. ;)
Up next... the amazing shots of the first caterpillar I found all year. Go figure it was almost September before I could find one!