|Great St. John's-wort, Hypericum pyramidatum|
|Brown-eyed Susan, Rudebeckia sp.|
Brown-eyed Susans, Black eyed Susans, and myriad of sunflowers and prairie flowers can be maddenly similar. This one is a standard garden plant that has been growing in my yard for years, but like many of our natives, it is carefree and requires no effort. It also supplies long-lived table flowers for bouquets.
American Goldfinch with Gray-headed Coneflower, Ratibida pinnata
The "Wild Canary" is actually the American Goldfinch. A feast for the eyes, these boisterous songsters travel in groups making their distinctive call, "Potato-chip, potato-chip potato-chip..." Watch for them on prairies as they are exceedingly fond of Prairie Dock and cone flower seeds.
|Cloudless Giant Sulphur, Phoebis sennae|
Note the species name is sennae- for the Senna plant used as its host plant for its caterpillars.
|Clouded Sulpurs, Colias philodice|
|Dainty Sulphur, Nathalis iole photo by Su Snyder|
If you haven't seen them yet, this is the year to be hunting for the diminutive yellow flutter-bys! They may well be more common in our future, if our weather continues to follow the models of climate change.