Beneficial insects depend on native plants through fall. Mowing or brushhogging or burning before winter decreases populations of these and many other valuable native species.
|Clouded sulphur butterfly on Grindelia (gum plant) flower Oct. 4. 2011|
|Monarch butterfly caterpillar on Asclepias incarnata (swamp milkweed) Oct. 4, 2011)|
|Monarch butterfly on Evening Primrose on Oct. 4, 2011, fresh from chrysalis ready to fly to Mexico for winter|
|Rare fall flower on Aslcepias viridis (spider milkweed) Oct. 4, 2011, offering fresh leaves to last generation of monarch caterpillars|
|Pearl crescent butterfly resting on plant long past flowering stage on Oct. 4, 2011|