A Tale of Two Asters

We saw two "asters", daisy-like plants, on our visit to Toni Robinson Waterfront Trail (TRWT) on 12-8-2019 led by Terry Greene (Class of 2019).  One of them was the prevalent and perennial climbing aster (Symphyotrichum carolinianum), shown above.  Once known…

Butterflies Love Bee Balm!

Bee balm (Monarda punctata) is butterfly balm, too. Above a painted lady butterfly (Vanessa virginiensis) inserts its proboscis into one of the many speckled flowers of bee balm. Remember: What seem to be 'petals' are really bracts. Lots of tiny…