If it's July, there's white sweet clover on the prairie. We gathered at McMahon to pull a bit, meeting at Morill Meadow parking lot. Another sunny warm day, plenty of targets (though blessedly not as many as previous years), lots of summer blooms to admire, including Monarda (wild bergamot), yellow and purple coneflowers, rosinweed, and more.
Pollinators were feasting, with bees all over the Monarda in particular. Jean also found a couple interesting larvae and caterpillars, pictured below. Anyone with bug ID skills, please take a look.
Our luck held 'til almost 11:30, when Doug spotted storm clouds to our west. They moved in pretty quickly, chasing us to the parking lot and almost catching us. Good eye Doug!!
Tuesday I joined Mary Busch at Hidden Pond, where she planned on tackling the wild parsnip that grows along Kean Avenue. We only found a couple viable plants - thanks are in order to the Conservation Corps or another mystery herbicider, as we saw evidence of spraying in several locations.
Switching gears, we went after - what else? - white sweet clover, clearing the stretch from Christina south to Woodland Drive, though much of that was done by volunteers last time out June 28.