By last Friday, I was sick of staying inside, so, in spite of the miserable heat and humidity, I went over to the Big Meadow. I figured that, out in the sun like that, I was, at least, safe from the deer flies. I was right, and I actually had a lovely walk.
I had barely set foot on the trail when I spotted a new flower. This is Garden Phlox. Looks a lot like Dame's Rocket, doesn't it. But, the flower of Dame's Rocket has five petals, while the flower of Garden Phlox has five.
The Cow Vetch is going to seed.
As well as the Bladder Campion. If you open the bladder, there is a single seed pod. I wonder if that pod contains multiple seeds?
I found a couple of other new flowers. This is Field Bindweed. Pretty, but a terrible nuisance.
And, this is Creeping Bush Clover (I think, correction welcome). You really have to click on this picture to see the flower.
But, mainly, there were insects gathering pollen. You really have to click on these picture to get a good view.
Milkweed with honeybee, bumblebee and wasp.
Cow Vetch with bumblebees.
Butterfly Bush with honeybees.
But, the crowning beauty of the nectar sipping insects was this Monarch Butterfly, on a Butterfly Bush.
This Japanese Beetle wasn't interested in nectar, he's more of a salad guy.
And, I don't know quite what this little brown moth was interested in. I tried to get a better identification on it, but, do you know how many little brown moths there are? My eyes were crossing.
Or, this Little Yellow Sulphur Butterfly, though I think it might have been the Cow Vetch.
Whatever they were eating, this little White Crowned Sparrow was mainly interested in eating them. Now tell me, why do they name a sparrow with a chestnut crown "white crowned?"
Edited to add that Upupaepops explained why. It's because I got my identification wrong. This is a Chipping Sparrow. Duh!
And, lastly, a couple of pictures just because they're pretty.
Everlasting Pea and Hoary Alyssum. They may be nuisances, but they sure look good together.
And this is my favorite spot on the trail. Every time I come upon it, it's different, but, every time I just have to stop a minute and take it in.