Brown fungi, more or less disc-shaped. It is firmly fixed to the wood on which it grows. The surface of the fungus is moist, and prefers to grow on moist, rotting wood. This is also called Copper Penny fungus, though they're usually bigger than pennies.
Cluster of fungi growing on wood. Orange caps, cream colored gills, and a brown, fuzzy lower stem.
Weird-looking, even for fungi. More or less circular, shiny to dull black dome with an irregular ridge around the outside. The hard black dome is dotted with spore bearing tissue. It grows on dead wood.
Brown Praying Mantis with green underneath its wings. Unlike most insects, it can swivel its head to look in your direction. Cool!
Brown moth, longer than wide. The pics from the front and side just confuse me; I can't find recognizeable features!
Bracket-shaped polypore that grows on wood. The white underside has elongated pores that make it look like a tiny maze.
Very tough fungus that grows on dead trees. Whitish to brownish upper surface, with grayish pore surface.
The antennae are over twice as long as its body.
Feeding on thistle.
This mushroom has an orangish-brown, suedelike cap with white pores underneath. At first it reminds me of a bolete, but it's way too tough, and the pores aren't tubes, as they are on a bolete. The telltale feature is underground, a long black "root". Though the mushroom seems to be growing on the ground, it is always found together with dead wood.
This cap was 20 cm (about 8 inches) across, and it was in such good shape, I didn't have the heart to dig up the root.
Tall brown mushroom with a brownish white to brown stem that looks too fragile to hold up the cap. It has a long "root". The gills are creamy white, as is the spore print. Sometimes the center appears wrinkled, sometimes more smooth. This cap was 17 cm across, more than 6.5 inches. It grows on the ground under hardwoods.
Beautiful red seed head that turns green as it matures.
The jelly-like growths are caused by another fungus, a parasite of Gymnopus dryophila (on which it's growing). Though it looks like jelly, it's more solid than squishy.
Maybe this is a nymph? It doesn't look quite finished...
Very small cup fungus that looks like tiny red dots on rotten logs. When you look very closely, there are "eyelashes" all around the edge of the fungus.
Growing in a wet area, often disturbed by dump trucks.
The last two photos were taken over two weeks later.
Black wasp with navy blue wings and two white bands across its back. Feeding on goldenrod.
Brown caterpillar eating a wild raspberry leaf.
Tiny grasshopper in Crown Vetch.
According to MycoBank http://www.mycobank.org/BioloMICS.aspx?Table=Mycobank&Name=Ceratiomyxa%20porioides&ExactMatch=T and Encyclopedia of Life, the accepted name for this slime mold is C. porioides, rather than just a variation of C. fruticulosa.
Bright pinkish red slime mold that kinda does resemble raspberries if you look at it just right.
Velvety brown body with white markings on the edges on each segment. Wings have three sets of dark brown or black markings on the inner, middle, and outer parts of wings. This is a female.
Brilliant emerald beetle with white spots.