Field of Monarchs-August 14, 2016

Driving the vast flyover countryside, I came upon a large field of common milkweed.  It is probably ten acres and I can only imagine the potential thousands of Monarch butterflies that may have hatched in that field.

The blue vervain is blooming beautifully now and is a nice complement to the common and very utilitarian milkweed.  The third member of the Silphium family is also now in bloom.  The Silphium terebinthinaceum or prairie dock, with its nearly tropical foliage, has launched its yellow rockets into the air near our office.  The native plants continue to bloom in rapid succession; some useful, some interesting, and others beautiful.  It is hard to determine which is which.  We just watch and learn as the season marches on.

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