Sunday, September 8, 2019

Looks Like a Dandelion: Curlycup Gumweed

Though the flowers of Curlycup Gumweed might resemble those of a dandelion, the overall plant has it's own look; stiff, serrate and sticky are words that come to mind.

Like a lot of other dandelion look-alikes, Curlycup Gumweed does well in disturbed and/ or poor soils.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Moss Watching at the Warren Nelson Memorial Bog

From a recent visit to the Warren Nelson Memorial Bog in the larger Sax-Zim Bog area.

Laccaria longipes with Bristly Clubmoss, Spinulum annotinum, both growing in Sphagnum Moss.  Many other bog plants were observed and admired.

The bog is small with a short boardwalk that let's get a very close to the moss and plants that make up the bog "ground" without disturbing any of it.

Moss watching in the rain was was an experience of sublime beauty and enjoyed by all present.

Friends of the Sax Zim Bog

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Mushroom Log: July 2019

About twelve years ago, when I was first getting into mushrooms, I used to see Velvet-foot Mushrooms frequently in the Twin Cities metro area, often on the stumps of elm trees that had been cut down because of Dutch Elm's Disease.  There aren't that many big elms around anymore, so I suppose that could be why I see fewer  Velvet-foot Mushrooms.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Looks Like a Dandelion: Field Sow Thistle

The flowers and leaves superficially resemble those of a dandelion, Taraxacum officinale, but the overall plant is much taller and spreading.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

June Moths 2019

Pale Metanema
Metanema inatomaria

Filament Bearer
Nematocampa resistaria

Tufted Bird Dropping Moth
Cerma cerintha

Heterophleps sp.
Either H. triguttaria or H. refusaria

Unknown moth caterpillar

 Likely a species of Plume moth, Gelechiidae family.