Monarch Waystation #1
Photos by Chip Taylor, August 2006

Sora Rail, Porzana carolina - the most common rail in the United States, usually found in marshes:

Garden spider (female) - Argiope aurantia - this spider has been feasting on soldier beetles, flies , bees, grasshoppers, at least one cicada, and the occasional monarch:

Orb web of the garden spider. The spider sits in the center of the web waiting for prey to become entangled in the web and stuck to the droplets of glue on the silk threads:

Silver-spotted Skipper Epargyreus clarus. The larvae are easily found on seedlings of black locust and other leguminous trees and shrubs:

Male monarch sharing a flower of the common sunflower, helianthus annus, with a soldier beetle, Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus:

Buckeye - Junonia coenia - sunning early in the morning:

Male monarch lifting off from a Buddleia inflorescence:

Looking south in the garden. Note the nesting boxes for solitary bees in the foreground and the fruit feeder under the canopy:

Three males monarchs sunning and nectaring on a blossom of the Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundiflora:

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