This is a popular locale for fishing and insect watching. Lots of dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies, and various other insects. It’s also the spot where I made the Tall Meadow Rue image last week.
This first image was a pleasant surprise Sunday morning as there is no sign of one here in our yard.
A little farther down the road this dragonfly, the ID of which eludes me although I am fairly sure it is a meadowhawk, was perched among these fine grasses. Shortly after this I got one of it atop a sedge but liked the busier composition here.
And a curiosity found on this and several other buttonbush-Cephalanthus occidentali plants are buttonbush gall-mites-Aceria cephalanthi.
I searched on BugGuide.Net but only found other pictures of the galls, none of the actual mites. In case you are wondering, here is a healthy and fully mature buttonbush flower from the archives..