|Royal Catchfly (Silene Regia)|
This flower which is in decline among our prairies is Royal
Catch fly. It's stem and pedals are sticky, small insects will stick to
them. Some butterflies can detect red, and the Catchfly is designed to favor the Butterfly as the pollinator.
The nectar of the flowers attract the larger butterflies such as Black Swallow Tail and also the Rubbythroated Humming Bird.
The Crimson Red of this flower really stood out against all the green foliage out on the trail.
Also I came across this very conspicuous wooded plant . With it's cluster of red berries. This, I believe is the Red Bane Berry. I read that the berries are poisonous.
So this week out on the trail it was about Reds...