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What

True Sedges Genus Carex

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anita363

Date

April 29, 2007 09:03 AM EDT

Description

ID? A little grass with an unusually showy flower, growing in pine barrens open understory in central NJ. (If I understand grass vs. sedge correctly, this is a grass, as the blades were flat rather than triangular. I have a photo I could post, if that would help.) See note for 'scale bar'; plant ~15 cm tall. EDIT: Nope, a sedge, Carex sp. Thank you (yet again!) to Urtica for the ID, and to the other commenters. Carex pensylvanica is a pine barrens species & seems like a good match in appearance, but can't rule out other spp.

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What

Lowbush Blueberry Vaccinium angustifolium

Observer

anita363

Date

April 29, 2007 10:27 AM EDT

Description

Vaccinium angustifolium. Flowers 6 mm long.

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Observer

anita363

Date

April 29, 2007 07:13 AM EDT

Description

Vaccinium sp, don't know whether V. corymbosum or V. atrococcum. Will try to go back when they are in fruit & see what color the fruit is. Purely in the service of science, you understand. Of course, to fully characterize the fruit, it will also be necessary to study its flavor. And it is important to get as large a sample as possible. Flowers 7 mm long.

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Observer

anita363

Date

April 29, 2007 10:18 AM EDT

Description

Amelanchier canadensis. Showier than Common Shadbush, with denser clusters of neater flowers, having green centers. Spotted these plants from the car blooming in a wet area near a pine barrens pond & went to investigate.

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Observer

anita363

Date

April 29, 2007 10:04 AM EDT

Description

For the Life on the Japanese Knotweed study. There was a distinct dearth of life on these relatively young sprouts, as it happens. Come to think of it, I think that's what I found last year 1 or 2 times when I found a patch & went looking. Is that the general pattern -- one of the problems is that nothing eats it (or otherwise interacts)? Anyway, I did find this pair of ants. If anyone can pin down their ID further, I'm sure it would be greatly appreciated.

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What

Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens

Observer

anita363

Date

April 20, 2007 09:30 AM EDT

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What

Common Loon Gavia immer

Observer

anita363

Date

April 20, 2007 09:47 AM EDT

Description

There were 3 Common Loons at Dallenbach lake in East Brunswick yesterday. This is the singleton; there was also a pair.

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What

Common Loon Gavia immer

Observer

anita363

Date

April 20, 2007 07:08 AM EDT

Description

There were 3 Common Loons at Dallenbach lake in East Brunswick yesterday. This is the pair; there was also a singleton, not quite as far along in its spring molt.

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What

Johnny-jump-up Viola bicolor

Observer

anita363

Date

April 29, 2007 12:00 PM EDT

Description

Spotted this tiny violet (12 mm long) growing in a lawn on the walk home from the train & came back with my camera the following day.

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What

Snowberry Clearwing Moth Hemaris diffinis

Observer

anita363

Date

April 12, 2007 10:35 PM EDT

Description

Cannot look at these guys without thinking about Martytdx's appellation: the flying shrimp.

Bokeh enhancement courtesy of Photoshop -- not much, just enough to take the rough edges off.

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What

Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica) Fallopia japonica

Observer

anita363

Date

April 29, 2007 10:04 AM EDT

Description

For the Life on the Japanese Knotweed study. There was a distinct dearth of life on these relatively young sprouts, as it happens. Come to think of it, I think that's what I found last year 1 or 2 times when I found a patch & went looking. Is that the general pattern -- one of the problems is that nothing eats it (or otherwise interacts)? Anyway, I did find this pair of ants. If anyone can pin down their ID further, I'm sure it would be greatly appreciated.

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