Certainly it was a wonderful Monday and Tuesday temperature wise. And not to let the cool temps go to waste Jeanne and I headed to the grasslands yesterday morning. Still we were keeping a weather-eye out for the storms.

Buffalo Bur (Solanum rostratum) and the Colorado Potato Beetle. As many of nightshades (Solanum) do, it supports a number of our animal friends. Besides the interesting insects it also is important food for dove and quail.

Colorado Potato Beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata) larvae!

The Buffalo Bur’s flower resembles that of the other nightshades.
Blue Mud-plantain (Heteranthera limosa) is a beautiful annual flower that likes its wet feet. It certainly got a banner year!

An Arrowhead (Sagittaria) and the Blue Mud-plantain for a size comparison. Both like the water!

A dragonfly exuvia had been clinging to a sedge.

And the sedges! I don’t know a thing about them, but they are sure pretty!

Plus so many different kinds right now to look at!

Another sedge!

A Showy Grasshopper (Hesperotettix speciosus) nymph was there just for me. LOL.

Then suddenly the timorous grasshopper got camera shy. 🙂

It was time to move on from the large shallow water puddle. So tomorrow more from the Tuesday outing.

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Keep looking!

The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know


    1. And I think this was the same spot. So every time I find one, like all the plants that got Shirley excited…I do too. 😊

  1. The grasshopper nymph was one of our pet quails favorites. Wish i had some blue wet foots for my fish pond☺️

  2. Woot! I love blue mud-plantain! I also really like buffalo bur flowers. I wish the rest of the plant wasn’t so unfriendly.

  3. The blue plantain in the mud flats was certainly a welcome sight – such beautiful and delicate flowers. And the sedge blossoms were so intricate and varied!

    1. You can always call it by its scientific name … Heteranthera limosa. FYI lim means mud, slime,: looking sideways in Latin.

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