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Best-Lynn

Monday, June 26, 2017

6-26 Hedge Bindweed

6-26
The white or pink funnel shaped flowers of Hedge Bindweed drape thickets and weedy fields.
Common Mullein is opening spikes of bright yellow blossoms.
Galinsoga, AKA Quickweed, favors tilled soil and is a bane of gardeners.
Colorado Potato bugs take time from feeding on Horse Nettle to fulfill their destinies.
John
Hedge Bindweed

Common Mullein

Galinsoga

Potato bugs

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

Thursday, June 15, 2017

6-15 Harebells

6-15
Harebells fleck dry ledges with blue.
White Avens dots weed patches and thickets.
Enchanter's Nightshade dusts damp, shady areas with tiny white flowers.
John
Harebells

White Avens

Enchanter's Nightshade

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

6-14 Loosestife

6-14
The first of several yellow loosestrife, Whorled Loosestrife, is in flower.
Sheep Laurel, AKA Lambskill, is opening its crimson flowers. The foliage of this species is poisonous to livestock.
John
Whorled Loosestrife

Sheep Laurel

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

6-13 Crown Vetch

6-13
Crown Vetch is in flower as is Frostweed. Each showy yellow flower lasts just one day. Later in the season cryptic flowers that self-pollinate form in the plant's leaf axils.
White Admiral butterflies are airborne.
And a very young Woodchuck tried to hide itself - unsuccessfully - allowing me to snap pictures.
John
Crown Vetch

Frostweed

White Admiral

young Woodchuck


Monday, June 12, 2017

6-12 Tall Meadow Rue

6-12
Tall Meadow Rue is starting to flower.
Bush Honeysuckle is at its peak.
One of the many roses - perhaps Smooth Rose - is spangling river banks. The leaves of this one are silt covered as a result of recent high water.
Carolina Cranesbill, a Geranium family member, is flowering.
John
Tall Meadow Rue

Bush Honeysuckle

Rose

Carolina Cranesbill