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

In the woods we return to reason and faith-Emerson


Sunday, July 22, 2018

7-22 Pearly Crescentspot

Pearly Crescentspots are flying. Larval host plants for this species are asters.
Shrubby Cinquefoil, a member of the rose family, is in flower.
Pearly Crescentspot

Shrubby Cinquefoil

Saturday, July 21, 2018

7-21 Wild Sensitive Plant

Wild Sensitive Plant has opened a few of its tiny yellow flowers.
Ditch Stonecrop is flowering, appropriately enough in ditches.
The caterpillar of a White-marked Tussock Moth - looking designed by committee - strolled along a Hickory twig while I took its picture.
Wild Sensitive Plant

Ditch Stonecrop

White-marked Tussock Moth caterpillar

Friday, July 20, 2018

7-20 Common Sunflower

Common Sunflower is starting to appear in roadside thickets and along riverbanks.
The globular flower clusters of Peppermint dot thickets and old fields.
A Robber Fly, aptly named the Bee-like Robber Fly, made lunch of the Bumblebee it mimics.
Common Sunflower


Bee-like Robber Fly lunching on a Bumblebee

Thursday, July 19, 2018

7-19 Primrose Moth

Primrose moths are seeking out Evening Primroses where they rest for the day.
Black Nightshade is flowering. Look for it around agricultural fields and in ditches.
A coyote - probably a youngster - foraged mid-day while I snapped pictures.

Primrose Moth on Evening Primrose

Black Nightshade


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

7-18 Hardhack

Hardhack, AKA Steeplebush, blazes brightly over weed patches and thickets.
Narrow-leaved Mountain Mint - along with an array of flower beetles - can be found in wet swales.

Narrow-leaved Mountain Mint

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

7-17 Northern Blue Iris

Northern Blue Iris, AKA Blue Flag, is still putting up fresh flowers in marshy areas.
Rough Bedstraw with its recurved prickles drapes over any available vegetation.
Double-flowered Meadowsweet, an escape from cultivation, is cropping up along riverbanks and in wet ditches.
Northern Blue Iris

Rough Bedstraw

Double-flowered Meadowsweet

Monday, July 16, 2018

7-16 Wild Radish

The lavender-streaked yellow flowers of Wild Radish mark disturbed areas.
Flat-topped White Asters are open in thickets and along roadsides.
American Germander, AKA Wood Sage, is flowering along riverbanks.
Wild Radish

Flat-topped White Asters

American Germander

Sunday, July 15, 2018

7-15 Marsh Bellflower

The tiny white bells of Marsh Bellflower dance over riverside ledges.
Downy Willow-herb lifts its flowers above muddy pols and ditches.
Musk Flower (Mimulus moschata) brightens a riverside seep. Whether Musk flower is indigenous or introduced is a subject of much debate.
Marsh Bellflower

Downy Willlow-herb

Musk Flower

Saturday, July 14, 2018

7-14 Wild Thyme

Wild Thyme is flowering in fields and along roadsides.
On muddy shores Common Arrowhead's three petaled flowers blaze brightly.
In a nearby field the deeply cleft yellow-green flowers of Ragged-fringed Orchid lurk among the grasses.
Wild Thyme

Common Arrowhead

Ragged-fringed Orchid

Friday, July 13, 2018

7-13 Evening Primrose

Evening Primroses are opening flowers as are Spiney-leaved Sow Thistles.
Colorado Potato Bug larva feed on Horse-nettles, a potato relative.
Monarch butterflies are back in the area. I've seen several in the last 4 days.
A coyote trotted across a field as I drove by this morning. No picture was possible!
Evening Primrose

Spiney-leaved Sow Thistle

Potato Bug Larvae

Monarch butterfly

Thursday, July 12, 2018

7-12 Feverfew

Feverfew - a garden escape - can be found along roadsides and around old cellar holes.
The evocatively named Mad-dog Skullcap has put up its paired tiny flowers in wet sites.
Watershield dots pons with its red tufts.

Mad-dog Skullcap


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

7-11 spotted Wintergreen

Variegated leaves and nodding waxy flowers make Spotted Wintergreen easy to identify. When tipped up, the flowers look a bit as if they were designed by a kindergarten class.
Water Lobelia has put up its sparse flowers above standing water.
A Camouflage Looper - a caterpillar that covers its back with pieces of flower petal - fed on a Black-eyed Susan. It's the larva of a Wavy-lined Emerald Moth.
Spotted Wintergreen

Spotted Wintergreen flower

Water Lobelia

Camouflage Looper on Black-eyed Susan

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

7-10 Marsh Skullcap

Along a muddy river bank the paired flowers of Marsh Skullcap show their speckled throats.
Pokeweed is up in thickets and along field edges.
The triangular leaves and pale flowers of Catnip can be seen in weedy fields.
Marsh Skullcap



Monday, July 9, 2018

7-9 Field Chamomile

Field Chamomile has opened its daisy-like flowers.
Willow Herb is up in wet ditches, along stream sides and in marshy areas.
The introduced orchid, Helleborine, is starting its season, opening flowers that range in color from green to mauve.
Field Chamomile

Willow Herb


Sunday, July 8, 2018

7-8 Wintergreen

The little white urn shaped flowers of Wintergreen dangle beneath evergreen leaves.
Floating Heart dots lakes and ponds.
Early Goldenrod - the first of the many goldenrods - colors fields and borders.
An Indigo Bunting feeds on the seeds of one of the Pinks.

Floating Heart

Early Goldenrod

Indigo Bunting

Saturday, July 7, 2018

7-7 Showy Tick-trfoil

Showy Tick-trefoil is in flower. I find it along roadsides and in thickets and waste places.
Water Horehound favors wet areas, often ditches.
Purple-headed Sneezeweed is flowering in fields and along roadsides. The bases of its leaves extend down the stem as wings.
A White Chicory blazed among roadside weeds. chicory is usually blue but occasionally pink or white.
Showy Tick-trefoil

Water Horehound

Purple-headed Sneezeweed

Chicory in white form