Here is the out of focus purple that was in the background of photo # 2 yesterday. The purple loosestrife may be pretty to look at but it is an invasive species here in Maine and can be found growing everywhere. The reason it spreads so quickly is that one plant can produce up to two million seeds. I took these photos Sunday morning and coincidentally there was a news story that evening on one of the local channels about the loosestrife. This plant has become quite a problem in a lot of the wetlands in Maine. It originally comes from the Netherlands and has no natural enemies in this state, it crowds out native species. The news story had to do with the Maine Fish and Wildlife Dept. introducing a little brown beetle into the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge called the galerucella. The only thing the little beetle eats is loosestrife. The biologists are hoping this may be one of the solutions to reducing the amount of loosestrife in the refuge.