||[Jun. 1st, 2015|01:07 am]
Common Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus communis
) nectaring on small yellow Compositae
Gray Hairstreak (probably) (Strymon melinus
) nectaring on Prairie Bluets
Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside
) also nectaring on Prairie Bluets
All three of these small butterflies were on low growth above a "seep" slope leading down to a long skinny pool fed by seepage from a rocky area upslope. Here's a view of the habitat.
The water barely shows, with emergent vegetation quickly filling in. There's a terrace berm to the left, beyond the water, running parallel to a line of brush (on the rocky hump out of sight to the right) with the water accumulating in a long skinny line at the base of the berm. The berm is the result of an attempt to reduce erosion when this was a plowed field many decades ago. The roof in the distance (showing against the line of dark trees) is a rain barn, collecting rainwater into tanks for wildlife.