Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Bona Dea Update
Bona Dea has been very hot and humid until today, Monday. It was cloudy and threatening rain yesterday afternoon. But it did not rain around here. Today was sunny but after front moved through it was less humid and about 10 degrees cooler making it like winter around here. I have still been feeding the fish the last few days at the spillway and last Saturday I took these photos. The 2 showing the insect with the solid black wings is a Ebony Jewellwing Damselfly. It was by the Beaver Dam Trail Bridge. I actually saw one a few weeks ago at the Spillway. Don't think I have seen these before. When they spread their 4 wings, which they do every few seconds, they are really beautiful. It was getting dark when I took these photos. On Swinging Bridge Trail, I saw 2 very small butterflies. The photo showing the middle size butterfly with the small spots and yellow splotch is a Little Yellow and also known as a Little Sulphur Butterfly. The smallest butterfly of the 3 shown in a Southern Slipperling Butterfly. It is the smallest of the Skippers. I have started to notice the Skippers coming out right now. They are supposed to be the most numerous of the butterfly types. Since the buttonbush blooms are coming on right now in the water ponds and by the spillway, the butterflies are coming around more. The Largest butterfly shown is another Tiger Swallowtail and I took the photo on Waldon Way Trail. This showing the top view, but now showing the true beautiful yellow color like the ones shown in a recent post below. The 2 photos showing a plant is a Trumpetweed or also known as a Joe-Pyed-weed plant. The one photo showing the whole plant shows it to be over 5 feet tall and you can see it has just started to bloom and many other buds ready to open. It will be very pretty when fully in bloom if someone don't walk down the tail and pick them or tear the plant down as probably will happen. So I wanted to get that first bloom before it might be too late. May take other photos if it makes it to maturity. The photo shows the bloom to be a pretty dark pink and lavender.