25
taxa
1 amphibian
4 insects
2 arachnids
18 plants
30
observations
25
life list firsts

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What

Saxifraga virginiensis Micranthes virginiensis

Observer

anita363

Date

April 18, 2009 11:05 AM EDT

Description

Mossy, wooded streambank. Best viewed large.

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What

Dark Fishing Spider Dolomedes tenebrosus

Observer

anita363

Date

April 18, 2009 11:10 AM EDT

Description

Large spider -- body (not including appendages) 10-11 mm. Best viewed large. Sunning quietly on a tree trunk in spring. ID based on bugguide.net/node/view/13511/bgpage (same individual).

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What

Globe Flower Trollius laxus

Observer

anita363

Date

April 18, 2009 11:29 AM EDT

Description

Best viewed large. Showy native spring wildflower, near woodland pond. Newcomb's says "rare and local", and with a relatively restricted range -- "W. Conn. to Mich., south to Del. & Ohio."

Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve is a wonderful site. They have installed a 10-foot deer fence around the entire preserve, with an automatic gate to allow cars in and out.

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What

Genus Osmunda Genus Osmunda

Observer

anita363

Date

April 18, 2009 11:32 AM EDT

Description

Family Group: a fern sprouting from a mossy pond edge in a wooded area. Best viewed large. Looks rather alien!

www.flickr.com/photos/anitagould/3593177669/ is from the same area -- maybe the same species a little further along?

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What

Mantids Family Mantidae

Observer

anita363

Date

April 18, 2009 11:40 AM EDT

Photos / Sounds

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What

Marsh-marigold Caltha palustris

Observer

anita363

Date

April 18, 2009 11:47 AM EDT

Description

Near (and in) a little stream and pond. This was at a wildflower preserve (gray area between an undisturbed habitat & a botanical garden), so the original population may or may not have been natural, but it was certainly thriving.

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What

Dark Fishing Spider (Dolomedes tenebrosus) Dolomedes tenebrosus

Observer

anita363

Date

April 18, 2009 11:57 AM EDT

Description

I think probably an immature of the Fishing Spider -- big adult seen on tree tree trunk in same general vicinity, and this little one was found on a Marsh Marigold near the water & matches bugguide.net/node/view/84447 in appearance & choice of hangout.

Photos / Sounds

What

Bloodroot Sanguinaria canadensis

Observer

anita363

Date

April 18, 2009 12:02 PM EDT

Description

The leaf is the dark green, broadly lobed one at top -- this shot shows the leaf better. Best viewed large.

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What

Cutleaf Toothwort Cardamine concatenata

Observer

anita363

Date

April 18, 2009 12:02 PM EDT

Description

A bit asymmetric, unlike most mustard family flowers. Also much larger and showier! Best viewed large.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

anita363

Date

April 18, 2009 12:06 PM EDT

Description

With something ... maybe it's a smaller spider taken as prey? Or could it be one of her own spiderlings? www.flickr.com/photos/anitagould/3574434029/ shows it better.

www.flickr.com/photos/anitagould/3591158598/ is a male.

Photos / Sounds

What

Virginia Bluebells Mertensia virginica

Observer

anita363

Date

April 18, 2009 12:30 PM EDT

Description

Virginia Bluebells from below, shooting blind. Love the translucence. Best viewed large.

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What

Red Maple Acer rubrum

Observer

anita363

Date

April 18, 2009 01:30 PM EDT

Description

A spent male Red Maple flower that caught my eye, on the wooden table where we ate our picnic lunches.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

anita363

Date

April 18, 2009 01:52 PM EDT

Description

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Observer

anita363

Date

April 18, 2009 01:56 PM EDT

Description

This male Bronze Jumping Spider was working hard at hauling its prey up the outside of a drainspout at the back of the visitor center, near where we had our picnic lunches.

www.flickr.com/photos/anitagould/3575242396/ is a female -- also with prey, albeit much smaller.

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What

Tulip Tree Liriodendron tulipifera

Observer

anita363

Date

April 18, 2009 02:01 PM EDT

Description

Tuliptree, I think -- unusual configuration. These usually have a single, tall, very straight trunk.

Photos / Sounds

What

Rue-anemone Thalictrum thalictroides

Observer

anita363

Date

April 18, 2009 02:08 PM EDT

Description

Best viewed large.

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What

toadshade Trillium sessile

Observer

anita363

Date

April 18, 2009 02:13 PM EDT

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What

Cucumber-tree Magnolia acuminata

Observer

anita363

Date

April 18, 2009 02:17 PM EDT

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What

Green Frog Lithobates clamitans

Observer

anita363

Date

April 18, 2009 02:28 PM EDT

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What

Royal Fern (Osmunda regalis) Osmunda regalis

Observer

anita363

Date

April 18, 2009 02:30 PM EDT

Description

Near a wooded pond. www.flickr.com/photos/anitagould/3568436809/ is in the same area -- maybe the same species just emerging?

Bit of post-processing in Picasa to try to smooth out this camera's nasty hard-edged bokeh. Not all that successful -- Picasa really isn't powerful enough. But better than nothing.

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What

small white fawnlily Erythronium albidum

Observer

anita363

Date

April 18, 2009 02:34 PM EDT

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What

twinleaf Jeffersonia diphylla

Observer

anita363

Date

April 18, 2009 02:41 PM EDT

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What

toadshade Trillium sessile

Observer

anita363

Date

April 18, 2009 02:43 PM EDT

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What

Large White Trillium Trillium grandiflorum

Observer

anita363

Date

April 18, 2009 02:45 PM EDT

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What

Baldfaced Hornet Dolichovespula maculata

Observer

anita363

Date

April 18, 2009 02:54 PM EDT

Description

Way up at the top of a tree, by the creek

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What

round-lobed hepatica Anemone americana

Observer

anita363

Date

April 18, 2009 03:45 PM EDT

Description

Don't think I really managed to capture the delicate color of this flower. You might just think it's a white flower in shadow -- but it's not, it's in sunlight.

Photos / Sounds

What

round-lobed hepatica Anemone americana

Observer

anita363

Date

April 18, 2009 03:47 PM EDT

Description

1.7 cm across, 10 cm tall.

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What

Wake-Robin Trillium erectum

Observer

anita363

Date

April 18, 2009 04:09 PM EDT

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What

Virginia Bluebells Mertensia virginica

Observer

anita363

Date

April 18, 2009 04:15 PM EDT

Description

A rare white Virginia Bluebell. Newcomb's field guide just says blue; Wikipedia notes "white blossoms occur rarely". Best viewed large. This site is a wildflower preserve -- somewhere in between native woods & a botanical garden. The plants are growing wild, but uncommon plants may have originally been brought in from outside.

Bonus bug maybe an assassin bug nymph (Zelus sp)?

Photos / Sounds

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Observer

anita363

Date

April 18, 2009 04:15 PM EDT

Description

A rare white Virginia Bluebell. Newcomb's field guide just says blue; Wikipedia notes "white blossoms occur rarely". Best viewed large. This site is a wildflower preserve -- somewhere in between native woods & a botanical garden. The plants are growing wild, but uncommon plants may have originally been brought in from outside.

Bonus bug maybe an assassin bug nymph (Zelus sp)? Understory, deciduous woods.