Even when they're tiny. This is clinging to a USB cable.
My dad unearthed an old seine net from the basement so we brought it out to Hammo to see what we could catch. We caught a bunch of cool stuff, but the weirdest were the pufferfish! I had no idea there were puffers this far north. This one is Chilomycterus schoepfi, the striped burrfish, but it's only a baby. Apparently they're more common in southern waters. We also caught a bunch more of these little white-bellied puffers, but I stupidly didn't take any pics of those.
Not sure if there's a way to tell if this is M. menidia or M. beryllina from these photos. Note to Dad: next time count the rays on the anal fin.
I grew up calling these conners and thinking they were baby blackfish. They are *not* baby blackfish, and the lists them as cunner. Not sure if anyone calls them conner other than me.
Telson has 3 points.
Another large-ish bolete with a red NH4OH reaction and no stain, bu tmore yellow overall and with purple-ish stipe. Also near beech and oak.
Large bolete, growing under beech, red and lasting NH4OH reaction, no physical stain, yellowing pores.
So I (now) know what the aphids are, but what's the brown stuff? Some kind of gall? A fungus?
First time seeing this weird mushroom parasite.
Sinea diadema nymph grabs some hymenopteran chow.
Abundant on the rocks up at Devil's Oven, but didn't see it anywhere else in the park. I could definitely use some help here. Is it Cystopteris fragilis? Old stems were definitely present.
What the heck are these guys? I noticed this ashy stuff underneath a small sappling, then noticed this white stuff on the trunk, then noticed the white stuff was moving. Maybe the ashy stuff was frass?
Not the sharpest, but tiny purple boletes! Purple shades on stem, no staining reaction, bitter taste.
This one was actually catchable.
Leccinum? No stain, oak or beech.
Common parasitic plant that preys on beeches in the eastern US.