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

In the woods we return to reason and faith-Emerson


Wednesday, June 29, 2022

6-29 Tick Trefoil, Blue Vervain, Hairy Spurge, Wild Parsnip


Pointed-leaved Tick Trefoil is opening its wand-like flower clusters in dry woods and thickets.

In moist areas and along shores the multiple inflorescences of Blue Vervain are starting to flower.

Hairy Spurge's tiny flowers are open although the leaves of this species put on the better show. Look for it in waste places, sidewalk cracks and similar inhospitable spots.

All of the above are native.

The alien Wild Parsnip is coloring roadsides. The sap of this plant is toxic and skin contact should be avoided.


Tuesday, June 28, 2022

6-28 Monkey Flower, Canada Lily, Butter and Eggs, Black Swallowtail Caterpillar


Square-stemmed Monkey Flower favors wet places.

Canada Lily likes damp meadows and swamps.

Both are native.

Alien butter and Eggs is flowering along roadsides and in waste places.

And the caterpillar of a Black Swallowtail butterfly was fattening on Queen Anne's Lace this morning.


Monday, June 27, 2022

6-27 Whorled Coreopsis, Asiatic Dayflower, Common Evening Primrose


Whorled Coreopsis is native from Maryland south, here it's a garden escape.

Another garden escape, Asiatic Dayflower, is found in damp spots around both current and historic home sites.

Native Common Evening Primrose can be seen in dry, open places, frequently along roadsides.


Baby Fawn

Baby fawn born next to the vegetable garden this morning.

One of 3 apparently.

Cheryl Wilfong

Sunday, June 26, 2022

6-26 Lady's Thumb, Everlasting Pea, Dwarf Enchanter's Nightshade


Lady's Thumb is a common alien species found in gardens and waste places.

Everlasting Pea, also alien, has escaped to roadsides and waste places but is also introduced with conservation seedings on construction sites.

And native Dwarf Enchanter's Nightshade favors moist woods and springy places.


Saturday, June 25, 2022

6-25 Basswood, New Jersey Tea, Wood Turtle


Basswood is just starting its flowering.

The flowering of New Jersey Tea is at its peak. Both are native.

And, this Wood Turtle was upside down on Rte. 30 this morning but seemed relatively uninjured by its encounter with a car tire. Lucky turtle!


Friday, June 24, 2022

6-24 White Vervain, Common Mallow


White Vervain thrives in thickets and waste places.

Common Mallow, AKA Cheeses, is frequently found in barnyards.


Thursday, June 23, 2022

6-23 Tubercled Orchid, Wild Licorice, Indian Hemp


Tubercled Orchid likes wet meadows and river banks.

Wild Licorice favors wooded habitat.

And Indian Hemp favors shores and thickets.

All are native.


Wednesday, June 22, 2022

6-22 Shinleaf, Bristly Sarsaparilla


Shinleaf, our most common Pyrola, is a woodland species sometimes found on shady roadsides.

Bristly Sarsaparilla, a Ginseng relative, favors open woods and clearings. Both are native.


Tuesday, June 21, 2022

6-21 Knawel, Moth Mullein, Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Pokeweed


The white edged green flowers of Knawel can be seen in dry, sandy soils and gravel parking lots.

Moth Mullein likes roadsides and old fields.

Mouse-ear Hawkweed forms carpets in lawns and in fields.

All three are aliens.

The native Pokeweed favors damp thickets and edges.


Monday, June 20, 2022

6-20 Blue Toadflax, Lesser Toadflax, Winterberry


Blue Toadflax favors sandy often dry soils.

The alien Lesser Toadflax is found in railroad ballast, along roadsides and in weedy areas.

And Winterberry, AKA Black Alder, likes swamps and damp thickets.