Rows of beans

Rows beans

Bob visited Hellbranch Meadows today and brought back photos of the field that is in soybeans now to prepare for the fall planting of native prairie species.  Our farmer/ partner will probably have to spray once more because of hard-to-kill invasive weeds that will make prairie establishment difficult.

Hyalophora cecropia

Hyalophora cecropia

And for your natural history lesson this week, here is Bob’s photo of a cecropia moth that occurs in fencerows and according to David L. Wagner’s Caterpillars of Eastern North America, “seems to be declining.”

Published: July 7th, 2011