I am a member of the Southborough Stewardship Committee charged with managing Breakneck Hill Conservation Land. Our committee was formed to address what has been called the largest infestation of Oriental Bittersweet in Metro West. Almost a decade later and now what once was over 30 acres of an old orchard that was nothing more than dead trees killed and engulfed by the bittersweet is now managed for wildlife habitat as grasslands and meadows.
Kudos to the Southborough Stewardship Committee! Breakneck Hill Conservation Land is a beautiful grassland/meadow habitat with lots of diversity. Your hard work is greatly appreciated!
This morning, there were a few butterflies flitting around, mainly Clouded Sulphurs, Cabbage Whites and a few Great Spangled Fritillaries.
Great Spangled Fritillary on Common Milkweed
(I can never resist photographing these larger, beautiful butterflies)
Northern Broken Dash
As I walked up and down the gently sloping hills, I decided to photograph the different flowers that are in bloom in the meadows and see if I could identify them all. Dragonflies were constantly vying for my attention, so I've included some of them too.
Common St. John's Wort
White-Faced Meadowhawk (female)
Common Mullein (closeup)
Juvenile Eastern Pondhawk (male)
carrying what looks to have been a Little Wood Satyr
Garden Bird's-Foot Trefoil
Blue Dasher (male)
Twelve-Spotted Skimmer (male)
Common Morning Glory
Spotless Lady Beetle
What a great way to start the day!