Yesterday I had the good fortune of being a speaker for the Geauga County Park District at West Woods. Northeast Ohio has some wonderfully diverse parks, well worth the visit.
The Geauga Park District has the classiest signs! The combined logo of the Sugar Maple leaf and the Red-headed Woodpecker tell you a lot about the habitat.
After my program on "Homegrown Butterflies" we high-tailed it over to Burton Wetlands to see what was flying about. Lake Kelso, a kettle hole bog, is the centerpiece of this park. It is the remnant from the last glacier that rolled through.
It was most entertaining watching the honeybees "bumble" around in the water lotus. Lake Kelso has a lovely display of the Fragrant Water-lilies, Nymphaea odorata.
We found several Pink Lady Beetles, Coleomegilla maculata- Since they were pink, it is a pretty good name and easy to remember. These are one of our native Lady Beetles which are in decline, possibly due to the competetion of the non-native Multi-color Asian Lady Beetle.
The tiny larva are also Pink Lady Beetle larva. To learn more of Ohio Lady's beetles you can go here.
Each dragonfly species has a unique larval form, and an expert can recognize them even at this stage. To see many types of dragonfly exuva go here.
Thanks to all the folks who attended my program and to my friends that visited Lake Kelso afterward. By the way, Lake Kelso is one of the spots you will want to visit for a photograph to enter TNC and Honda's competition for a new car. Go here for details and visit some Natural Treasures this summer!