[To see photos and stories of this prairie in other years, go to the links on the main Pat’s Prairie page.]
6/6/2012 Wild Iris – the first time I’ve seen it blooming here. The seeds came from a cow pasture along Hwy 37 – about 5 miles from here.
6/15/2012 These are Blister Beetles (Lytta sayi) in a mating frenzy. Daniel Marschalek, who is studying blister beetles in Wisconsin, says:
“They can form large groups that can eat most of the leaves/flowers of a certain plant or plant species, then disappear a couple days later. I don’t think they typically kill the plant, just remove a lot of leaves/flowers that particular year. It seems they may or may not be present at the same location every year. So it’s not a certain thing that they will return next year.”
We saw them here, in Pat’s Prairie, and also in some of the upper prairies. They seemed especially fond of the leaves and seed pods of White Wild Indigo – most of our plants in those places were completely stripped.
9/6/2012 This is the far south end of Pat’s Prairie – the wettest part.