Nature tidbits from around the area
Water Smartweed, a plant of ponds and wet shores, is in full flower.
Woolly Bear Caterpillars, larva of Isabella Tiger Moth, are looking for sheltered places to overwinter. This species produces two generations a year.
Witch Hazel has begun to flower. John
Beechdrops are parasitic on the roots of beech trees.
Earthstar fungi are at their best. John
Sand Jointweed is among the last flowerings of the season. Only Witch Hazel flowers later.
Inflated Bladderwort is both free floating and carnivorous.
Sand Jointweed's racemes of pink or white flowers are starting to open. As the name implies this species favors sandy soils.
This summer's wet conditions favor New England Aster. Look ofr them in damp meadows and along shores.
Closed, AKA Bottle, Gentians are turning from green to blue-violet. These flowers never open, yet Bumblebees routinely enter them.