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wendy5

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August 18, 2014

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A pretty wildflower still in bloom in mid-August, Geum macrophyllum or Large-leaved Avens was blooming in semi-shade in a mixed conifer forest.

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wendy5

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August 18, 2014

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Here are some Goodyera oblongifolia or Rattlesnake-plantain in bloom. (My photos don't do this plant justice!) The leaves look like snakeskin, and they send up a tall, beige shoot with multiple flowers. I saw dozens today by the path in a mixed conifer forest.

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moths Order Lepidoptera

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wendy5

Date

August 18, 2014

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This moth with pretty shades of beige, black, and white was a bit over 1" long. It was feeding on Common Tansy, an invasive weed.

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wendy5

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August 18, 2014

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This attractive bright yellow Solidago canadensis or Canada Goldenrod was growing beside the gravel road. It measured about 3' high.

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wendy5

Date

August 18, 2014

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Unfortunately this pretty aster, Tanacetum vulgare or Common Tansy, is an invasive weed. It was growing besie the parking lot and gravel road, a disturbed area where lots of invasive plants take root. It attracted a wide range of colorful insects.

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youth on age Tolmiea menziesii

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wendy5

Date

August 18, 2014

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There were abundant Tolmiea menziesii or Piggy-back Plants (aka Youth-on-age) growing along the moist, shady sections of the trail. I'd never seen so many before. I do like that this plant is named for Vancouver's naturalist, Archibald Menzies.

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wendy5

Date

August 18, 2014

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Here's Vaccinium parvifolium or Red Huckleberry, with several ripe berries. This shrub was about 5' tall, and growing along a shady path in a mixed conifer forest.

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Queen Anne's Lace Daucus carota

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wendy5

Date

August 5, 2014

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This noxious weed, the lovely Daucus carota or Queen Anne's lace was growing by the shore outside of Port Orchard.

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wendy5

Date

August 5, 2014

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This bright yellow flowering plant, Senecio jacobaea, or Tansy ragwort, is an invasive, toxic, noxious weed that is very harmful to any animals that eat it. It's definitely a plant out of place, as it's so pretty.

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Spotted Tussock Moth Lophocampa maculata

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wendy5

Date

August 13, 2014

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This brilliant 1" caterpillar caught my eye when I saw it on my car! I placed it on the ground for some photos. It appears to be a Lophocampa maculata caterpillar of the Spotted Tussock Moth or Yellow-Spotted Tiger Moth. This moth has a wide range across the country, but I don't remember ever seeing this caterpillar before.

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wendy5

Date

August 10, 2014

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This was an unusual find during the -2.1 minus tide on Indian Island, an Acanthodoris nanaimoensis or Nanaimo Nudibranch. It was 1" long and about 3/4" wide, with the brown-tipped rhinophores and yellow dots of its species, but in its brown phase. (I was helped by others in making the ID.) The little brown and white snail at the left was very interested in this nudibranch and stayed close to it!

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wendy5

Date

August 10, 2014

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I was very excited to find a cluster of Aglaophenia spp., or Ostrich-plume Hydroids, during the -2.1 minus tide at Indian Island. I'd never seen these hydroids before, and they were beautiful, about 2" tall, shades of apricot and looking like thick feathers in the shallow water that remained during the minus tide. According to Andy Lamb, these could be any of six species of Aglaophenia.

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wendy5

Date

August 10, 2014

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Here are two bright green shrimp-like crustaceans found under a rock during the minus tide. I think they are Ampithoe dalli or Speckled Beachhoppers.

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Archidoris montereyensis Doris montereyensis

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wendy5

Date

August 10, 2014

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It's always fun to find a nudibranch, especially when it's laying eggs! Here's an Archidoris montereyensis (Doris montereyensis) or Monterey Sea Lemon with a large mass of eggs, visible during the -21 minus tide.

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Red Rock Crab Cancer productus

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wendy5

Date

August 10, 2014

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I saw several Cancer productus or Red Rock Crabs today during the minus tide. Most were adult, and some were under water, like one photo here. The top photo shows a juvenile molt.

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Nuttall's Cockle Clinocardium nuttallii

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wendy5

Date

August 10, 2014

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This large 4” Clinocardium nuttallii or Nuttall’s Cockle, was drying out during the -2.1 minus tide on a very hot day, so I moved it under water. There are lots of Nuttall’s Cockles on this beach, but rarely do you see one this large.

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wendy5

Date

August 10, 2014

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This beautiful 3" Cucumaria miniata or Red Sea Cucumber was feeding in shallow water during a -2.1 minus tide.

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wendy5

Date

August 10, 2014

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I was excited to find two colonies of Dodecaceria fewkesi or Fringed Filament-worms today during the -2.1 minus tide, as I'd never seen them before. Each calcareous tube is very short, a fraction of an inch, and the worms send out their filaments to feed when covered by water. Dodecaceria must have something to do with the number 12.

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wendy5

Date

August 10, 2014

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As always when I walk at Indian Island, I found several egg collars of Euspira lewisii or Lewis’s Moonsnail. This one was about 11" across. I didn't see the moonsnails themselves, however, as they often burrow under the sand to find clams to eat.

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wendy5

Date

August 10, 2014

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Here are four photos of what I believed was a 5" Leafy Paddleworm, or Family Phyllodocidae, but now consider a Nereis. This amazing worm was found under a rock during the -2.1 minus tide. The colors were beautiful, iridescent in places, greenish at one end, and it had thick appendages the length of its body.It seemed to emit a mucus that grabbed sand, as I tried to rinse it off for its photo and ended up having to wipe away the sandy mucus.

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wendy5

Date

August 10, 2014

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This is only the third time I've found Hippodiplosia insculpta or Fluted Bryozoan, and this is definitely the most beautiful! The colonies of bryozoans measured about 1" deep. I found them during a -2.1 minus tide at the edge of the water in a rocky area.

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wendy5

Date

August 10, 2014

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Here are two examples of 1.5" Kaburakia Excelsa or Giant Flatworms. In one photo, the worm is lying flat inside a clamshell, and in the other it's to the left of the chiton and the Plumose Anemone.

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wendy5

Date

August 10, 2014

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I was delighted to finally find a Lepidozona mertensii or Merten’s Chiton. This 1" reddish chiton was found on a rock during the -2.1 minus tide. It was not a flat chiton; it's apex (?) was quite high.

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wendy5

Date

August 10, 2014

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I noticed lots of beige Membranipora villosa or Kelp-encrusting Bryozoan on kelp during the -2.1 minus tide today, mostly large colonies up to 4" across and on tattered fronds of kelp. These two small colonies, each 1" across, attracted my attention because of their freshness and contrasting colors-- golden and blue.

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wendy5

Date

August 10, 2014

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The -2.1 minus tide stranded many Metridium senile or Short Plumose Anemones. Here are several of different colors, mostly brown and cream, and all about 2" across, waiting for the water to cover them again so they can feed.

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wendy5

Date

August 10, 2014

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This 2" chiton is Mopalia hindsii or Hind’s Mopalia. One photo shows it flat, and the other rolling up. I found it during a -2.1 minus tide under a rock.

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wendy5

Date

August 10, 2014

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Here is a second Mopalia hindsii or Hind's Mopalia, found under a rock during a -2.1 minus tide. It was about 2" long.

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wendy5

Date

August 10, 2014

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This looks to me like a Mopalia kennerleyi Northern Hairy Chiton. I found it under a rock during the -2.1 minus tide. It was only about 1" long.

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wendy5

Date

August 10, 2014

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Today during the -2.1 minus tide, I found an amazing assortment of chitons under rocks. This one appears to be Mopalia kennerleyi or Northern Hairy Chiton.

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wendy5

Date

August 10, 2014

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Today during the -2.1 minus tide, I found an amazing assortment of chitons under rocks. This one may be one I'd never seen before, and today found three- Mopalia spectabilis, a Red-flecked Mopalia. Andy Lamb describes "shells with bright turquoise, orange and red-brown marks give this chiton a gaudy appearance. The girdle hairs have very dense branching secondary hairs resembling miniature bottle brushes."

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This project is a warehouse for natural history observations in the Puget Sound country. The project is being launched to support a new natural history course at the University of Washington, but we welcome all naturalists to this project. The platform will be used by the class to record observations in the Puget Sound region and communicate about Puget Sound natural history. For the course, ...more ↓

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