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Best-Lynn

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

8-23 black Swallowtail caterpillar

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The caterpillar of a Black Swallowtail butterfly fed on Queen Anne's Lace this morning.
A Cuckoo with a caterpillar in its bill posed in a dense thicket while I took its picture. I suspect a black-billed cuckoo although juvenile yellow-billed and black-billed cuckoos can be confused … at least by me.
John
Black Swallowtail butterfly caterpillar

Cuckoo

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

8-22 Pearly Everlasting

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Pearly Everlasting is at its best, reminding me a bit of a griddle full of tiny little fried eggs!
A pair of Red-humped Caterpillars met on the midrib of a willow leaf. They are the larvae of the less than creatively named Red-humped Caterpillar Moth.
John
Pearly Everlasting

Red-humped Caterpillars

Monday, August 21, 2017

8-21 Great Lobelia

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Great Lobelia is in flower. Most specimens seen locally are probably garden escapes although it is native to this area.
John
Great Lobelia

Sunday, August 20, 2017

8-20 Beechdrops

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WHite flowers with purple blotches are scattered along the stem of Beechdrops which are parasitic on the roots of Beech trees.
John
Beechdrops

Beechdrops

Saturday, August 19, 2017

8-19 Common Arrowhead

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The brilliantly white three-petaled flowers of Common Arrowhead brighten mud banks and shallow waters.
Giant Chickweed favors damp edges and ditches.
John
Common Arrowhead

Giant Chickweed

Friday, August 18, 2017

8-18 Buckeye Caterpillar

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The larvae of a Buckeye Butterfly feeds on Slender Gerardia, one of its primary host plants. Gerardia is hemi-parasitic.
John
Buckeye Caterpillar

Slender Gerardia

Thursday, August 17, 2017

8-17 Panicled Hawkweed

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Both Panicled Hawkweed and Wild Marjoram are in flower.
John
Panicled Hawkweed

Wild Marjoram

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

8-16 Hairy Bush Clover

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Hairy Bush Clover - a state listed rare species - is in flower.
A Woolly BEar Caterpillar worked its way up a stalk of dead grass. Woolly Bears are the larvae of Isabella Tiger Moth. There are two generations a year at this latitude.
John
Hairy Bush Clover

Woolly Bear Caterpillar

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

8-15 Smartweed Caterpillar

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I found this Smartweed Caterpillar feeding on Purple Loosestrife. It's the larva of the Smeared Dagger moth. These caterpillars are said to be "highly variable in coloration, but nearly always some combination of black, yellow, red and white."
The always ratty looking flowers of Whorled Aster dot the woodlands.
John
Smartweed Caterpillar

Whorled Aster

Monday, August 14, 2017

8-14 Sand Jointweed

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The strange little, almost leafless plant called Sand Jointweed is in flower.
A boldly colored orb weaving spider commonly called a garden spider  - more formally called a Black and Yellow Argiope - posed undisturbed as I took its picture.
John
Sand Jointweed

Black and Yellow Argiope