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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

Sunday, September 20, 2020

9-20 Toadflax Brocade Caterpillar

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toadflax Brocade Caterpillars feed on Butter and Eggs, a species of toadflax. The caterpillars, originally from E
urope, were introduced into Ontario in 1968 as a biological control for Butter and Eggs which can be quite invasive.

John

Saturday, September 19, 2020

9-20 Nodding Ladies Tresses

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Nodding Ladies Tresses are among the very latest wildflowers of any season.

John


Tuesday, September 1, 2020

9-1 Closed Gentain

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Closed Gentian, AKA Bottle Gentian, is at its blue-violet best. Look for it in damp thickets and along riverbanks. Despite the fact that they never open, these gentians are entered and pollenated by Bumblebees.
John

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

8-26 Caterpillars

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A Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar was still fattening on Milkweed leaves while a Sycamore Tussock Moth Caterpillar wandered, perhaps looking for a place to pupate.
John
Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Sycamore Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

8-25 Cucumber

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One-seeded Bur Cucumber is in flower as is Wild Cucumber, AKA Balsam Apple.
John
One-seeded Bur Cucumber

Wild Cucumber

Monday, August 24, 2020

8-24 Hairy Willow Herb

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The cleft petaled pink flowers of Hairy Willow Herb are chest high in marshy swales.
John

Sunday, August 23, 2020

8-23 Slender Gerardia

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Slender Gerardia is opening its first flowers. This species is said to favor dry woods and fields. I find it along sandy river banks and in old parking lots and gravel pits.
A dagger moth caterpillar - probably that of the Splendid Dagger Moth - posed motionless on a willow twig.
John
Slender Gerardia

Splendid Dagger Moth caterpillar

Splendid Dagger Moth caterpillar

Saturday, August 22, 2020

8-22 Hog Peanut

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The pale, purple, or sometimes white, flowers of Hog Peanut twine through moist thickets. Being small and low to the ground these flowers are seldom noticed.
John

Friday, August 21, 2020

8-21 Purple-stemmed Asters

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Purple-stemmed Asters like marshy ground. Their flowers may be blue-violet, lilac or, rarely, white.
John

Thursday, August 20, 2020

8-20 Common Clotbur

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Common Clotbur is in flower in its own unspectacular way.
A well-camouflaged male Northern Walkingstick rests motionless on a Black Locust tree.
John
Common Clotbur

Northern Walkingstick