Purple Iris


Identification, Photography

Iris were brought to North America from Europe as an ornamental plant. Still a favorite amongst gardeners and flower lovers, you can often buy cut iris flowers from garden shops in the spring. There are many colors to choose from within the 100+ varieties, but this rich purple seems to be the most popular.

May 23, 2012

Monarch Butterfly on Red Clover


Bug, butterfly, Identification

With the profusion of red clover blooms, you can now find monarch butterflies feasting on their nectar. This monarch butterfly will live and die here in Illinois – being that it is May. Only the 4th generation monarchs migrate south each fall.

May 22, 2012

Widow Skimmer Dragonfly


Bug, dragonfly, Identification

At first glance, you’ll notice how similar the coloring of this widow skimmer dragonfly is to the twelve-spotted dragonfly I posted yesterday. By looking closely at the pattern of black and white spots you can tell the difference. This particular widow skimmer is a male.

May 21, 2012

Indian Strawberry


edible, Identification, Photography, spring wildflowers, yellow wildflowers

Overall, the indian strawberry (AKA false strawberry and mock strawberry) is smaller than the tasty wild strawberry, though the leaves look the same in shape.  Wild strawberries have white blooms whereas indian strawberries have yellow blooms.  Both are edible, but the indian strawberry is not as tasty.  This little plant is just about ready to […]

May 19, 2012