Tag Archives: Lawrence Swamp

05.03.2022 You don’t always get what you want-2

I set out yesterday morning with the hopes of finding some Fringed Polygala in Lawrence Swamp’s pine woods here in town. Not a sign of them although I have found some on this date in May in the past. But … Continue reading

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11.07.2021 Autumn Frost

This could be the start of something.  We’ve had a few frosts in the past week but yesterday was my first opportunity to do something beside scraping the windshield. Frosted Red Oak Leaves in MacLeod Field.

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09.03.2021 Frog Friday Frog Fun

When I visited MacLeod Field on this past Sunday I had insects on the mind and as you saw had an enjoyable time chasing the Silver-bordered Fritillary. But prior to that I was chasing a small moth when I saw … Continue reading

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08.30.2021 A pleasant chase

While at MacLeod Field yesterday morning, I spotted this flash of orange and having seen several Pearl Crescents thought it to be one.  But upon a closer look I was mistaken. Silver-bordered Fritillary-Boloria selene When I first spotted this individual … Continue reading

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08.29.2021 Sunday Night with the Hopper

Lots of insects at the wet meadow this morning.  This hopper was my first encounter. Red-legged Grasshopper-Melanoplus femurrubrum I continue to be impressed with this 180+2.o combo.  These are pretty common and can be large enough in numbers to be … Continue reading

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08.05.2021 Dragonfly Conundrum

This could be one of two dragonfly species. They are indistinguishable in a photograph or even in hand, which I do not do. I have decided that it is a Cherry-faced Meadowhawk-Sympetrum internum but cannot be positive. The other possibility … Continue reading

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07.19.2021 Collecting little pieces of Nature here and there

While checking out the milkweed for monarch caterpillars (still none to be seen) I noticed this little grasshopper sitting on a nodding bloom of Fringed Yellow Loosestrife-Lysimachia ciliata. The Two-striped Grasshopper nymph-Melanoplus bivittatus did not weigh much and the flower … Continue reading

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06/05/2021 Saturday Night Extra

This morning I visited the wet meadow where I often find two species of native orchids.  But…usually they are not in flower until mid-June.  I was lucky and found both flowering early albeit the Grass Pink which will follow was … Continue reading

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06.19.2020 Ebony Jewelwing

I visited the swamp meadow again looking for more Grass Pinks and Rose Pogonias as well as whatever I could find.  One of the “whatevers” was this damselfly, the Ebony Jewelwing-Calopteryx maculata.  The white spot on the wings, called a stigma, … Continue reading

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06.14.2020-2 As luck would have it….

It’s back to work tomorrow morning. I know I have a ton of comments to respond to as well as your posts to comment on and I will catch up.  But this morning was my last “free” morning for a … Continue reading

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