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In the woods we return to reason and faith-Emerson

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

6-25 Milkweed

6-25
Milkweeds are opening a few florets.
Shinleaf's nodding, waxy cups are having their day.
The easily overlooked yellow flowers of Wild Lettuce are opening.
The globular flower clusters of Bristly Sarsaparilla lift above weed patches and ditches.
John
Milkweed

Shinleaf

Wild Lettuce

Bristly Sarsaparilla

Saturday, June 24, 2017

6-24 Common St. John's Wort

6-24
Common St. John's Wort is flowering in fields.
Rabbit's Foot Clover softens the edges of roads.
Dogbane Leaf Beetles feed - as you would expect - o Dogbane leaves.
And the larvae of an American Painted Lady butterfly spends the day in a shelter it created from Daisy leaves although its preferred host plants are Everlastings.
John
Common St. John's Wort

Rabbit Foot Clover

Dogbane Leaf Beetle

Caterpillar of American Painted Lady

Friday, June 23, 2017

6-23 Luna moth wings

6-23
A Luna moth met its fate in my field last night.
And a Northern Pickerel Frog lurked in the grass just feet from a basking Garter Snake.
John
Luna Moth wings

Northern Pickerel frog

Garter snake

Thursday, June 22, 2017

6-22 Male Berry

6-22
The dangling greenish, urn-shaped flower of Male Berry are open.
And Poke is also having its day.
John
Male Berry

Poke

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

6-21 Ebony Jewelwing damselfly

6-21
Ebony Jewelwing damselflies are airborne.
Chicory and Butter and Eggs brighten roadsides.
Motherwort can be found along ditches, in thickets and near old cellar holes.
John
Ebony Jewelwing damselfly

Chicory

Butter and Eggs

Motherwort

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

6-20 Clammy Ground Cherry

6-20
The flowers of Clammy Ground Cherry normally face directly down, at the ground. I tipped this one up before taking its picture.
Damp areas, often along seasonal brooks, host Common Wood Sorrel.
With the warm weather major Dragonfly emergences have occurred. Pictured are a nymphal husk and a freshly emerged dragonfly.
John
Clammy Ground Cherry

Common Wood Sorrel

dragonfly husk

newly emerged dragonfly

Monday, June 19, 2017

6-19 White Sweet Clover

6-19
White Sweet Clover is raising its narrow wands along roadsides.
Bladder Campion dots fields and ditches.
Heal-all, AKA Self-heal, is poking up in lawns and waste places.
Moneywort, a round leaved, creeping Loosestrife relative, sprawls along damp edges.
John

White Sweet Clover
Bladder Campion

Heal-all

Moneywort

Sunday, June 18, 2017

6-18 White Beardtongue

6-18
White Beardtongue is in flower.
Lance-leaved Coreopsis, a persistent escape, is coloring fields.
Spatterdock dots still waters.
One Queen Anne's Lace tells of more to come.
John
White Beardtongue

Lance-leaved Coreopsis

Spatterdock

Queen Anne's Lace

Saturday, June 17, 2017

6-17 Cowwheat

6-17
Cowwheat is in flower. This species is a bit unique in that it has some chlorophyl for photosynthesis but it's also parasitic.
Black-eyed Susans are winking open and Purple-flowered Raspberries are brightening thickets.
John
Cowwheat

Black-eyed Susan

Purple-flowered Raspberries

Friday, June 16, 2017

6-16 Dogbane

6-16
Spreading Dogbane's little bell flowers are opening. Pollinators love these flowers!
John
Dogbane