Birdsfoot Trefoil: Small Yellow Wildflower


autumn wildflowers, Identification, Photography, spring wildflowers, summer wildflowers, Wildflowers, yellow wildflowers

Learn how to identify this sweet and tough little yellow wildflower that sprouts up all across the globe.

July 30, 2012

Reversed Haploa Moth


Bug, Identification, moth, Photography

Like many other moths, Reversed Haploa can be found resting on low lying leaves. Their coloring makes them stand out against the greenery, amplifying their aesthetic. The wing design reminds me of an ethnic pattern. What do you think of when you see this moth?

June 18, 2012

Red Spotted Purple Butterfly


Bug, butterfly, Identification, Photography

The eye cannot resist following the trail of these iridescent blue and black butterflies.

May 31, 2012

Rosa Multiflora (multi-flower wild rose)


Identification, Photography, pink wildflowers, summer wildflowers, white wildflowers

Rosa multiflora is a wild rose species with small, multiple blooms. This wild rose species has an intoxicating fragrance… I always move in close to drink in the heady perfume. Have you stopped to smell the roses today?

May 30, 2012

How To Identify Wild Rose


edible, Identification, medicinal, Photography, pink wildflowers, summer wildflowers

The cultivated wild rose pictured here is a favorite of gardeners in Illinois, and is often used as a low maintenance ornamental plant. The blooms are about 3″ across with showy, bright petals, and the typical wild rose leaf pattern.

May 29, 2012

Hosta Lines


Photography

While hostas do not grow wild here in northern Illinois, they are a favorite amongst gardeners. There are many varieties ranging from small to large with varying shades of green, some of which tolerate shade and others full sun.

May 25, 2012

Indian Paintbrush


edible, Identification, medicinal, Photography, red wildflowers, spring wildflowers, summer wildflowers

Indian paintbrush is a US spring blooming wildflower, though you will often see it persist through late summer – growing taller with the passing of days. A number of native american tribes have used this plant as a paintbrush – hence the name. This particular paintbrush is a southwest variety.

May 24, 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