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Jeff Lampe
Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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May 25: Picture of the Day

May 25, 2010 at 01:44 PM

For the past week I’ve been waiting for spiderwort to bloom in my tiny little backyard prairie. Today was the day, when this flower showed its face. Evidently I wasn’t the only one waiting for the spiderwort. As I set up to take some pictures, these tiny bees arrived. First one. Then two. Then a third arrived, buzzing around and doing what bees do.

What exactly the bees are doing in this picture is anyone’s guess.

What I do know from personal experience is that spiderwort blooms from May through August. This pretty little plant is fairly common in pastures, roadsides, along railroads and in prairies and savannas.

Spiderwort was once thought to be a cure for spider bites according to Don Kurz’s book “Illinois Wildflowers.” Kurz said each flower lasts only one day and the “Tallgrass Prairie Wildflowers” field guide says they decay into “a sticky, liquified mass.”



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