Monday, August 10, 2015

Photographs from Forest Hill Nature Area (09 August 2015)

Yesterday afternoon, Shara and I stopped at Forest Hill Nature Area on our way home from Mt. Pleasant.  Forest Hill Nature Area is located at 11297 Rich Rd., Alma, MI.  The property is owned by the Gratiot County Conservation District and managed as an educational facility by the Gratiot-Isabella Regional Education Service District.  The Nature Area is approximately 90 acres and is composed of wetlands, woodlands, and old field habitats.  One of the old fields has been planted as a prairie restoration.

We stopped at Forest Hill for a couple of reasons: first, Shara just got a new camera over the weekend and wanted the opportunity to test it out; second, we wanted to search for Monarch caterpillars in the restored prairie and old field habitats.

We didn't find any Monarch caterpillars, but we did get some good photographs during our search.  Here are a few of mine.

Purple Coneflower

Viceroy on Purple Coneflower

Bumblebee and Bee Balm

Skipper on Mountain mint

Grey-headed Coneflower

False Sunflower and Bee Balm

Big Bluestem Grass

Fritillary butterfly (and assassin bug) on Purple Coneflower

Yellow-collared Scape Moth on Mountain Mint

Viceroy on goldenrod

Purple Coneflower

Leopard Frog

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