Category Archives: Natural History

Shroomz

Weather is being uncooperative, making gardening unpleasant outside. At least the mushrooms are still growing. So here you go, ten days in the life of an oyster mushroom mycelium.

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Loungin’

Possibly the last warm day of the year, perfect for a bike ride (if you’re human) or basking (if you’re a snake), both excellent uses of a black topped bike path. At least this rough green snake thinks so. Sign said … Continue reading

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Black swallowtail chrysalis 

Time to clean the veggie yard. This dude was sheltering underneath the dead cucumber vines. It’s probably Papilio polyxenes. You can call it a black swallowtail if it’s an adult, or a parsley worm if it’s a larva.  Apparently the color of … Continue reading

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Violets look sorta weird

Take a good look at the seedpod on this common blue violet, Viola sororia. Here’s a close up. Sorta alien lookin‘, aren’t they?

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Bee vs. fly

    Here’s a bee. ———->       <——— And here’s a fly.   So, what’s the difference? Bees: fluffy, long antenna, four wings. Flies: not fluffy, short antenna, two wings. Not a perfect distinction, but a good starting … Continue reading

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Plant sales

Many good things about anticipating an annual plant sale.  It reduces the purchase of plants as a form of immediate gratification. A plant could be thought about, researched, mentally transplanted, and finally rejected after it is realized that it actually pretty … Continue reading

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Stokes

Nothin’ much this week. Just a nice photo of a Stokes’ Aster, Stokes laevis.  Enjoy. 

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