Black-eyed Susans are pioneer plants, one of the first plants to grow after a fire or other natural disaster.
These flowers grow in a wide variety of habitats, flowering mostly in June and July. At Neale Woods Nature Reserve, the Black-eyed Susan is common in all prairie restorations. It is also common in the floodplain prairie at Fontenelle Forest.
Painted turtles are one of the most common turtle species in North America. These turtles are common in Fontenelle Forest, often seen on a sunny summer day crowding the available space on a log in water along Stream Trail and along the shore of the Great Marsh.
A turtle’s shell is made up of about 60 bones. If you look closely at a turtle’s upper shell, you can see a raised line running from head to tail. This line is the turtle’s backbone.
Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtails tend to be larger and more colorful than males. If you see a swallowtail with larger blue markings on the hindwings, chances are its female.
Swallowtails are the largest butterflies in North America. These butterflies can be seen in spring and summer nectaring on flowers. They also can be seen alone or in groups around mud puddles, obtaining minerals from the wet soil.