Yesterday (July 24, 2008) I went to a cedar barrens in Oak Ridge and enjoyed seeing a field of Scaly Blazing Star, Queen Anne's Lace, Rose Pinks, Oxeye (Heliopsis helianthoides), Virginia Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum), many species of Skippers and other butterflies, crab spiders, and wasps.
Scaly Blazing Star
Later in the afternoon I watched a long-waisted fly as she searched for aphids on the milkweed leaves in my garden. When she located a suitable one she quickly laid an egg on it. I'll have to keep an eye on the aphids to see if they become parasitized "aphid mummies". For more information on aphid mummies see this link on my website: