The cultural and ecological significance of urban gardens in Chicago
Posted by Emily
Today I went to some of our more southern gardens with Rebecca and took photos while she did bird surveys. I noticed a few things.
First, it's berry season! I saw these beautiful ripe berries at several gardens today.
Second, milkweed is not just for monarchs! Cornell Oasis must have 100s of common milkweed plants around the garden. I conducted a brief survey and didn't spot any monarch caterpillars. However, I saw a variety of other insects on the flowers and leaves.
Third, soldier beetles are back! I saw the first ones I've seen this year on dill flowers in Edna White Century Garden. These are beneficial insects that feed on garden pests as well as flower pollen. They may even pollinate some flowers.