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

In the woods we return to reason and faith-Emerson


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

7-31 Water Lily

Sweet-scented Water Lilies float in quiet ponds, Swamp Roses color wet thickets and Dwarf Cinquefoil lurks among the grasses in lawns and other short grass areas.
Sweet-scented Water Lily

Swamp Rose

Dwarf Cinquefoil

Monday, July 30, 2018

7-30 Dodder

Dodder, which is parasitic on other plants, is opening its little white flowers as it drapes and twines through damp thickets.
Wild Cucumber swaths higher thickets.
The bright yellow flowers of Partridge Pea can be seen in waste places.
A Monarch caterpillar rested on a Milkweed pod while nearby two Monarchs laid eggs on tender young milkweed.

Wild Cucumber

Partridge Pea

Monarch caterpillar

Monarch butterfly egg

Sunday, July 29, 2018

7-29 downy Rattlesnake Plantain

The dense flower spikes of Downy Rattlesnake Plantain can be found in deep woods, and in pine stands.
Saprophytic Pinesaps are pushing up through the leaf litter.
Hickories seem to be having a great mast year - rodents should thrive.
Downy Rattlesnake Plantain


Shagbark Hickory nuts

Saturday, July 28, 2018

7-28 Pearly everlasting

The white woolly under leaves and stem of Pearly Everlasting make it easy to identify. Its white bracts remain tightly clasped around its yellow flower heads.
A Small Milkweed Bug was feeding on goldenrod.
Curled one-sided racemes of tiny white flowers rise over the insect trapping leaves of Round-leaved Sundew.
Pearly Everlasting

Small Milkweed Bug

Round-leaved Sundew

Friday, July 27, 2018

7-27 Agrimony

The yellow flower spikes of Agrimony arch over roadside weeds and thickets.
Spikenard is opening a few tiny white florets.
A pair of Small-eyed Sphinx moths rest on a roadside blade of grass.


two Small-eyed Sphinx

Thursday, July 26, 2018

7-26 Orange Grass

Orange Grass, AKA Pineweed, is thriving on a rip-rapped slope.
Great Burdock is flowering along roadsides and in waste places.
In a patch of Black-eyed Susans a Crab Spider waited patiently for a meal.
Orange Grass

Great Burdock

Crab Spider on Black-eyed Susan

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

7-25 Tearthumb

Arrow-leaved Tearthumb which has vicious little recurved spines along its stem can indeed tear your thumb - if you try to pull it.
Boneset, AKA Thoroughwort, hosts a plethora of pollinators including bees, flies and beetles.
Arrow-leaved Tearthumb


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

7-24 Northern Green Orchids

The little greenish-white flowers of Northern Green Orchids can be seen in moist woodlands.
The yellow-orange flowers of Velvet-leaf as well as their velvety seedpods can be seen in agricultural fields.
Northern Green Orchid


Velvet-leaf seedpod

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