Onion Breath?

Back in the open prairie! And once it warmed up a bit the insects started to stir.

Jeanne took a different path. We do this to cover more ground and increase our chances of finding the orchid. 🙂
So this field was mostly likely under cultivation or at the least grazed. There was a lots of the little white Starwort (Minuartia muscorum) in this prairie.

Close up!
And once it warmed up the Soldier flies (Stratiomyidae) were all over the Starwort!
This was the only soldier fly that was still. It had been caught in a meshweaver’s web.
Additionally the soldier flies were on the Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris)!
Many Hoary Edges flittered about as well!
Only a single bumblebee was seen.
Same for the Pipevine Swallowtail, only one!
Were the butterflies going to have onion breath? Indeed then there would be many with the same onion breath! There were probably a dozen butterflies on this two meter patch.

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  1. 7100 birds over montague county so far tonight! And I have heard the painted bunting here the last few days.

  2. I’ve seen lots of butterflies also Suzanne. Makes me happy too. Have black swallowtail cats on my dill.

  3. Just finished reading about prunella vulgaris. Would like to find some, supposed to be pretty ubiquitous but i haven’t noticed any around Decatur. Probably don’t get out enough.

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