The weather is still very warm, so the last of the autumn flowers are still in bloom. They’re mostly asters, but I’ve seen a few others, including violets – it must feel like spring to them.
This was a big week at the farm. A crew of Prairie Enthusiasts came out to help cut sumac on one of our big remnants. It’s the first time we’ve had so much help – it was great! We got a lot cut and I think everyone had a good time.
It’s been cold at night, but warm – sometimes very warm – during the day. This afternoon it’s 85 degrees – it feels more like mid-summer.
It’s not raining at the moment – amazingly enough! We’ve had incredible amounts of rain all summer. We got 6 1/2 inches in two days last week. Fortunately, it didn’t come down as fast as it did a few weeks ago. It washed out some of our driveway, but we can still drive out. Continue reading
We’re still seeing lots of monarchs and other kinds of butterflies too. It’s still (mostly) warm and sunny – a nice end to the summer.
Arlene brought two cousins and our friend Elizabeth down to visit the prairies this week. We did tours of all the planted prairies and several of the remnants. Everything is still looking very lush and green because of all the rain.
Lots of excitement this week – visits from friends and a big flood.
Butterfly populations fluctuate from year to year, sometimes dramatically. This week the population of Clouded Sulphurs exploded here in western Wisconsin.
We did the Buffalo County Butterfly Count here last week, and – of course – I’ve been seeing more moths.
I’ve gotten completely entranced with putting up lights at night to attract moths. I’m amazed at the number of species I see, and how varied their size and shapes and wing patterns are. I’m learning more about the different groups of moths, and slowly getting better at identifying them.