Top Photo: Great blue skimmer with prey.
In one rather quick trip around the outdoor loop here at the museum I came upon a good bunch of interesting sights. In no particular order, here’s some of them.
There are banana trees planted at several locations throughout the museum’s outdoor areas. The one pictured is in the garden next to Sprouts Cafe.
Pomegranate is growing next to the bananas.
Along the edge of that same garden I spotted a banded longhorn beetle on a purple coneflower flower petal.
Bumble bees were making frequent visit to the flowers.
Down in the wetlands, eastern amberwings are a common sight.
The flat-backed millipede crossing the path (below) is one of two species seen here at the museum. The other is the more typical variety which is round in cross section rather than flattened as this one. Folks sometimes mistake the flat-backed millipede for a centipede.
On June 22 I took a photo of ghost pipe emerging from the forest floor along the Dinosaur Trail.
Here’s what the ghostly plant looked like some 18 days later (7/10).
Yellow passion flower is bearing its small green half-inch fruit.
What did you see out there?