Butterflies, wildflowers, scarabs and other insects plus nature walk info

All these photos were taken in the Hyde Park (Chicago) area during the past two weeks. In today’s blog.

Nature walk-  Tuesday, the 2nd of August –9:30 am and 6 pm.  9:30 walk at Burnham Nature Santuary, 47th and Cornell– most of walk on stroller and wheelchair friendly surface.   6 pm walk at south side of bobolink meadow entrance- free parking by golf building, directions below.  call if you are lost 773 502 3159

Moon watch — Thursday  night, August 18th — meet at the lake near the Field House on the Point at 7:45 for an 7:59 moonrise.  There is a parking lot and an underpass at 55th and Lake Shore Drive.

DIY nature walks

bobolink meadow:   The south side entrance is located by the golf driving range,  if you are driving south on LSD, exit on 63rd street (Hayes) and turn right into first parking lot.  North side entrance is behind the Museum of Science and Industry. If driving south on Lake Shore Drive, exit on Science Drive (one half block past 57th Street exit) drive south though parking lot, past marina and drive over a stone bridge and there is a free parking lot near the tennis courts which is also near the north entrance of bobolink meadow

east side of inner harbor:  If driving south on LSD, exit on 63rd Street (Hayes) and park along the road or the in parking lot on the right hand side of the road.  Walk south along the lagoon.

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Bobolink Meadow

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Wild area on east side of the inner harbor lagoon

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new motto?   Buildings everywhere!

I was wandering around taking photos and got interviewed after Jackson Park was selected for the Obama Library site:

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young milkweed bugs

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milkweed tussock moth caterpillars

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monarch on joe pye weed- Burnham Nature Sanctuary (47th and Cornell)

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red-spotted purple butterfly- in gravel near north side entrance of Bobolink Meadow

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red-spotted purple butterfly

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common buckeye- in gravel near bridge near north side of Bobolink Meadow

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chickweed geometer moth– very small!  all over in grass, this one near north entrance of Bobolink Meadow

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giant swallowtail butterfly- bobolink meadow

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giant swallowtail butterfly in butterfly weed planted around golf driving range building

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viceroy butterfly- wild area east of inner harbor lagoon

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black swallowtail- wild area east of inner harbor lagoon

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orange sulfur

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eastern tiger swallowtail – wild area east of inner harbor lagoon

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elderly butterfly or a terrible accident?- eastern tiger butterfly on bergamot in bobolink meadow

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Japanese beetles are having a great summer!  This one is on sow thistle in wild area east of inner harbor lagoon

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milkweed leaf stripped by Japanese beetles – bobolink meadow

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brown-headed cowbird fledgling  in mulberry – bobolink meadow

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barn swallows

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red-winged blackbird on oak

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downy woodpecker– near entrance of bobolink meadow

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Looking forward to visiting the Osaka Garden again– hope it is soon!! Should we start a petition?

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royal catchfly- north entrance of bobolink meadow

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mock strawberry

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mock strawberry flower

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nodding onion

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false dragonhead in bobolink meadow

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white chicory flower in bobolink meadow

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trying to stay cool

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kestrel- 47th street near train tracks

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kestrel

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foxtail

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vervain

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ironweed

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A scarab– a green june beetle on queen anne’s lace on east side of inner harbor

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Another scarab– a grapevine beetle also known as spotted june beetle found on east side of inner harbor

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band-winged grasshoppers– those interesting creatures that seem to be half grasshopper and half butterly.  Their “butterfly” wings often look like mourning cloak butterflies

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another band-winged grasshopper

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a member of pond damsel family– maybe a bluet?

Photos from last month’s moon watch on the Point- next moon watch is August 18th-we’ll meet near the Field House on the Point at 7:45 pm for a 7:59 pm moonrise

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