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Mountain Mint - Photo (c) Eric Hunt, all rights reserved C
Mountain Mint Info
Pycnanthemum is a genus of plants in the mint family (Lamiaceae). They are commonly known as mountain mints (or mountain-mints, mountainmints), though "the Mountain Mint" may also be any locally common species in particular. Some are known as koellias, after an obsolete genus name. (From Wikipedia)
Dragonflies and Damselflies - Photo (c) Lip Kee Yap, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA) CC
Dragonflies and Damselflies Info
Odonata is an order of carnivorous insects, encompassing dragonflies (Anisoptera/Epiprocta) and damselflies (Zygoptera). The word dragonfly is also sometimes used to refer to all Odonata, but odonate is a more correct English name for the group as a whole. Odonata enthusiasts avoid ambiguity by using the term true dragonfly, or simply Anisopteran, when referring to just the Anisoptera. The term Warriorfly has also been proposed. Some 5,900 species have been described in this order. (From Wikipedia)
Box Turtles - Photo (c) J.P. Lawrence, all rights reserved C
Box Turtles Info
The box turtle (Terrapene) is a genus of turtle native to North America (United States and Mexico). It is also known as the box tortoise, although box turtles are terrestrial members of the American pond turtle family (Emydidae), and not members of the tortoise family (Testudinidae). The twelve taxa which are distinguished in the genus are distributed over four species. It is largely characterized by having a domed shell, which is hinged at the bottom, allowing... (From Wikipedia)
Salamanders - Photo (c) Laurence Livermore, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
Salamanders Info
Salamanders are any of approximately 550 extant species of amphibians within the order Caudata. They are typically characterized by a superficially lizard-like appearance, with slender bodies, short noses, and long tails. All known fossil salamanders and all extinct species fall under the order Caudata, while sometimes the extant species are grouped together as the Urodela. Salamanders have never more than four toes on their front legs and five on their rear legs, but some species have... (From Wikipedia)
Ladies' Tresses - Photo (c) Bastiaan, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Ladies' Tresses Info
Spiranthes is a genus of orchids in the subfamily Orchidoideae. They are known commonly as ladies tresses, ladies'-tresses, or lady's tresses. The genus is distributed in the Americas, Eurasia, and Australia. The genus name Spiranthes is derived from the Greek speira ("coil") and anthos ("flower"), and was inspired by the spirally arranged inflorescence. (From Wikipedia)
Bats - Photo (c) Isidro Vila Verde, all rights reserved, uploaded by jvverde C
Bats Info
Bats are mammals of the order Chiroptera (/kaɪˈrɒptərə/; from the Greek χείρ - cheir, "hand" and πτερόν - pteron, "wing") whose forelimbs form webbed wings, making them the only mammals naturally capable of true and sustained flight. By contrast, other mammals said to fly, such as flying squirrels, gliding possums, and colugos, can only glide for short distances. Bats do not flap their entire forelimbs, as birds do, but instead flap their spread-out digits, which are... (From Wikipedia)
Thistles - Photo (c) Bill Bumgarner, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Thistles Info
Cirsium is a genus of perennial and biennial flowering plants in the Asteraceae, one of several genera known commonly as thistles. They are more accurately known as Plume thistles. These differ from other thistle genera (Carduus, Silybum and Onopordum) in having feathered hairs to their achenes. The other genera have a pappus of simple unbranched hair. (From Wikipedia)