by Carl Strang
Today I just want to empty out the bin of accumulated photos from Mayslake Forest Preserve. These are late season animals and a plant, sightings of which give walks around the preserve a fall flavor. In that regard, what could be more iconic than a woolly bear caterpillar?
It has been a good year for spreadwing damselflies at Mayslake. I added at least two new species to the preserve list. This female spotted spreadwing, a late season species, provided a fitting cap to that story.
Another iconic autumn portrait pairs a locust borer with its adult food of goldenrod flowers.
The final photo is of a turtlehead in bloom, the welcome introduction of another plant species by Mayslake’s restoration team.
Autumn is my favorite season, but it’s always tempered by the realization that winter is coming.