I’m Thinking Calico Aster . . . ?

Aster Wildflower, photographed by Jeff Zablow at Jamestown Audubon Center, NY

April through June, and those sweeties of the woods, Asters, are seen here and there. Never found in abundance, until summer moves along. Then, we notice Asters, different asters, here, there, seemingly everywhere. Whites, soft purples, bluish ones, tiny ones, larger ones. A boon for the bees, think bumblebees. Good reserve nectar, should butterflies not do well any given day. Probable destinations for moths too, no?

These I believe are Calico Asters (Aster Lateriflorus), though my National Audubon Society Field Guide to Wildflowers – Eastern Region cautions that there are several similar asters, with these narrow petals. Met them at the Jamestown Audubon Center, in Jamestown, New York, far, far away from my native Brooklyn. It was mid-July 2015 (the field guide cites August – September as Flowering Time), a tad early, but 2015 was a unique year.

This blogger, as many know, loves much, and Asters are solidly amongst the loved.


A Charming Little Yellow Butterfly in Southeastern Mississippi

Mimosa Yellow Butterfly at Johnson State Park, MS

It’s August in southeastern Mississippi. Paul B. Johnson State Park near Lumberton was very forthcoming with beautiful butterflies that I’d never seen before. We had driven down from Pittsburgh to meet our new Black Russian pup, Petra, and we budgeted some time for me to photograph.

The Eurema lisa butterfly is a little charmer, flittering along inches above the ground. This one stopped briefly, and cooperated as we set-up to photograph her.

On this trip I happened on my first Goatweed Leafwing. I was so startled to see it resting on a tree trunk so, so close to me–that I briefly forgot to go through my motions. It flew off! Oh well.

One of my field guides reports that Little Yellows are found regularly in a corner of my native Brooklyn. Hmmmm. I’ve never seen one there.