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To all those interested in the natural world. Please add your sightings.

In the woods we return to reason and faith-Emerson

Best-Lynn

Saturday, October 6, 2018

10-6 Moose

10-6
Late this morning a visitor stopped by, had a drink of water and ate some leaves.
John

Thursday, August 16, 2018

8-16 Definite Tussock Moth caterpillar

8-16
A caterpillar called the Definite Tussock Moth caterpillar rests on a twig.
A good crop of Dwarf Enchanter's Nightshade carpets wet places.
A colorful little Garter snake waits patiently for me to leave.
John
Definite Tussock Moth caterpillar

Dwarf Enchanter's Nightshade

Garter snake

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

8-15 American Yew

8-15
The bright red berry-like cones of American Yew seem almost translucent.
The greenish-white flowers in long branching groups of umbels mark
Spikenard.
Silverrod is starting its flowering. Silverrod is the only white goldenrod.
John
American Yew berry

Spikenard

Silverrod

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

8-14 Three-seeded Mercury

8-14
Large leafy bracts and clusters of tiny flowers tucked in the leaf axils make Three-seeded Mercury easy to identify.
A colorful Tachinid Fly paused just long enough for me to takes its picture.
John
Three-seeded Mercury

Tachinid fly

Monday, August 13, 2018

8-13 Bur Marigold

8-13
Bur Marigold, AKA Beggar's Tick, are flowering.
Colorful, but not positively identified, galls line an Oak twig.
John
Bur Marigold

Gall on Oak twig

Saturday, August 11, 2018

8-11 Dead Man's Fingers

8-11
Although they start out white in the spring, the fungi called Dead Man's Fingers turn a carbon black by late summer. They grow on the stumps of Maple and Beech.
John

Friday, August 10, 2018

8-10 Hog Peanut

8-10
The tiny paired flowers of Hog Peanut drape grasses and weeds.
Panicled Tick-trefoil lurks along the edges of dry woods.
A juvenile Great Blue Heron looked for lunch in the field behind my house.
John
Hog Peanut

Panicled Tick-trefoil

Great Blue Heron

Thursday, August 9, 2018

8-9 Carrion berries

8-9
The grape-like fruits of Carrion Flower drape thickets.
Two species of Calligrapha beetles posed nicely while I took their pictures.
John
Carrion Flower fruit

Calligrapha Beetle

Calligrapha Beetle

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

8-8 Turtleheads

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Aptly named Turtlehead can be found in wet ditches and along shores.
Diminutive Canada St. Johnsworts flourish in damp lawns and low places.
A male Northern Walkingstick perched on a Black Locust. We routinely see these insects in even numbered years but find none in odd numbered years.
John
Turtlehead

Canada St, Johnswort

Northern Walkingstick - male

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

8-7 Galls

8-7
Grape Phylloxera galls make a grape leaf nearly identifiable and Willow Cone galls look as if they should e in evergreen forests rather than on river banks.
Milkweed Tussock Moth caterpillars devour milkweed leaves one after another before they go their individual ways.
A Red-spotted Purple/White Admiral Complex basked in a patch of sunlight. The two butterflies are varieties of the same species and often interbreed.
John
Grape Phylloxera galls

Willow Cone gall

Milkweed Tussock Moth caterpillars

Red-spotted Purple/White Admiral