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John P. has a PATREON. / King-Cat 82 is OUT.

Sunday, July 31, 2011


Beckman Mill Pond, Beloit, WI

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Ha, so you thought one overlong blogpost of flower pictures was too much?  GUESS AGAIN!

Flowering Spurge (Euphorbia corollata)

Question Mark butterfly (Polygonia interrogationis)

Queen Anne's Lace, about to blossom

Question Mark butterfly drinking along the shore of the Rock River.

Wild Petunia (Ruellia humilis)

Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

Unidentified spider on Leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

False Sunflower? (Heliopsis helianthoides)

Wild Garlic?
[Nope!  It's Ohio Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis)]

Gray-headed Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Honeybee havin' a good time on a Sunflower (Helianthus annuus).

Whoa.  Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)

Unknown Sage-like plant.

[Ohio Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis)]

I said I would learn my thistles, but I have yet to do it.

The rare white-flowered Chicory (Cichorium intybus).

The even rarer pink Chicory!

Colored Sands Prairie, Durand, IL

On a sand bluff, overlooking the Sugar River, Illinois.

Meadow Salsify (Tragopogon pratensis)

Flowering Spurge (Euphorbia corollata)

Unidentified species with spider.

Leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

Unidentified species.
[Cleland's Evening Primrose (Oenothera clelandii)]

Partridge Pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata)

See above regarding thistles, but this one's a beauty, eh?
[Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea maculosa)]

Hoary Vervain (Verbena stricta)

Pale Indian Plantain (Arnoglossum atriplicifolium)
Turns out this is a very rare species!  And it was just standing there a few feet from the parking lot!

Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium)

White Wild Indigo (Baptista alba)

Baptista alba leaves.

Good night everybody...

"Sometimes I sits and thinks...  and sometimes I just sits."

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All photos by Stephanie Dorman, taken at Big Hill Park, Beloit, WI; Beckman Mill County Park, Beloit, WI; Macktown Forest Preserve, Rockton, IL; Colored Sands Forest Preserve, Durand, IL; Sugar River Alder Forest Preserve, Shirland, IL; or Harper's Prairie, Beloit, WI.

Friday, July 29, 2011


Summer is in full force, and the dog days are right around the corner, if they're not here already.  And I've been slowly adjusting to my surroundings here in the "Stateline Area."  It helps to have a lot of nature close at hand, and a girlfriend who likes taking pictures of weeds!  Look for my full-scale Rapport de Beloit coming in a week or so, but in the meantime, here's my July Weed and Wildflower Inventory:

Stateline Restoration Prairie.

Purple Field Clover (Dalea purpurea)
Prairie Fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

Queen Anne's Lace AKA Wild Carrot (Daucus carota), with unidentified wasp.

Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

Common Pepperweed  (Lepidium densiflorum)

Nerd Alert!

Mystery Cricket.

Hoary Vervain (Verbena stricta)

Eastern Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron annuus)

Ox-Eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

[Hoary Alyssum (Berteroa incana)]

Unidentified Weird Ass Weed

Bird's-Foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculata)

Shriveling flowers of the Spotted St. John's Wort (Hypericum punctatum).

Four O-Clock (Mirabilis nyctaginea)

Common Soapwort  (Saponaria officinalis)

(???) (Again.)
[Hoary Alyssum (Berteroa incana)

"Identifying weeds and wildflowers is FUN!"

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All photos taken by Stephanie Dorman at Stateline Restoration Prairie, Beloit, WI/South Beloit, IL, or Unnamed South Beloit City Park, South Beloit, IL.

Part Two (I know, I know-- more plants!) is coming this weekend.