September 22, 2022

September 22, 2022

Back to being dry and hot. I have reached 400 different species identified on the 175 Lafitte prairie.

Right now Bidens, late boneset and Maximillia sunflowers are blooming. The goldenrod is not far behind.

Late boneset seems to be the best pollinator attractor this month. Buckeye butterflies and larger bees are often seen on it.

Yesterday I did a butterfly survey. Fall appears to be the best time for butterflies on the prairie. The following butterflies were seen in a 10 minute walk:
Gulf frilliary=10+
fiery skipper 10+
giant swallowtail 1
pipevine swallowtail 1
viceroy 3
hairstreak 1
buckeye 5+
sachem 1
pearl crescent 5+
phanon crescent 5+

Posted on September 22, 2022 11:38 AM by fstins1 fstins1 | 0 comments | Leave a comment

August 25, 2022

August 25, 2022

377 species documented.

Finally have gotten some rain, over 3 inches the last few days. The creek in the back is full again. Have noticed an uptick in larger butterflies this month, with Gulf Friliary being the primary, but also viceroy, swallowtails (Giant, pipevine, eastern). Smaller skippers are abundant also.

Starting to see boneset, maximillia sunflowers and ironweed bloom. Still feel like there is a gap in bloom during late summer.

Bidens and goldenrod are not far off from blooming.

Posted on August 25, 2022 03:08 PM by fstins1 fstins1 | 0 comments | Leave a comment

August 02, 2022

End of July 2022

Still very dry, the native plants are doing great. I have gotten to over 350 species observed.

The main thing blooming in the prairie right now if Cup plant, with a few spotted bee balms. Need to close the obvious gap I have in flowering forbs from late June to when the fall flowers start.

Posted on August 02, 2022 01:47 PM by fstins1 fstins1 | 0 comments | Leave a comment

July 02, 2022

July of 2022

The planted prairie has been increased to 1.5 acres.

This year it has been hot and very dry. The ditch off of willow chute is dry for the first time since we bought the place in 2016. I have started seeing some of the perennial plants that were seeded in 2019 and 2020.

I am closing in on 300 documented species of plants and animals that are using the prairie.

The biggest pollinator attractor right now in the prairie is clustered mountain mint.

Posted on July 02, 2022 01:09 PM by fstins1 fstins1 | 0 comments | Leave a comment