Posted by: cindydyer | October 3, 2010

The Long Goodbye to September

Sunday, September 26, I stopped at the Monarch Butterfly Habitat to pick tall bluestem seed for a seed saving project. We want to offer online prairie friends the opportunity to buy a little of our native grass seed. We don’t sell seed by the pound or even by the ounce, for that matter. When we ship common milkweed seed, the package contains 20-30 seeds. Tomorrow I will mail milkweed seed to Florida and Virginia. People are not greedy. They just want to help the butterfly by planting the host plant for the monarch. Right: Periwinkle showy aster by Mary Ellen Ryall

As I strolled leisurely through the habitat, I saw at least a dozen yellow sulphur butterflies flitting about, gathering nectar from periwinkle showy asters and yellow blooming birds foot trefoil. Among the stiff and showy goldenrod, I saw many species of native bees sipping nectar.

Summer may be over but the habitat is still alive with the activity of smaller species such as the insects, enjoying the last days of blooming wildflowers in the warm sun. Soon a colder freeze will come and all life will go dormant to wait out the long cold winter. Left: Amber waves of grain—tall bluestem native grass, by Mary Ellen Ryall

I am enjoying these last few days of documenting and photographing the littlest of species that make our natural world complete.

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