Spring at Last
Yesterday was a Bluff Spring Fen workday. The weather forecast was cloudy with highs in the 50s. The weather was brilliant sunshine with highs in the upper 60s. I like that kind of wrong forecast. The cool, rainy weather we've been having has delayed the onset of spring. Things seem to be catching up this week. This is a particularly good year for marsh marigolds (Caltha palustris) at the fen. The watercourses are all lined with rivers of bright yellow. Prairie and bird's foot violets are in bloom.
Bird's Foot Violet (Viola pedata)
Insects are becoming more abundant. The bumble flower beetles were out in force this weekend.
Bumble Flower Beetle (Euphoria inda)
These guys mimic bumble bees in both appearance and behavior. I did a bit of research on them in preparing this post. There are reports that they have an association with mound-building ant (Formica obscura) of the sort that I posted about recently. Next time I'm out at the Fen, I'll have to check that out.
Euphoria inda- side view