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Pussytoes and Butterflies

Plantain-leaved Pussytoes (Antennaria plantaginifolia) bloom in early spring, their flower shoots and leaves emerging from the soil as the temperatures warm and the days lengthen.  937 more words


Hepatica’s Survival Strategy

Early spring blooming wildflowers are typically small, lovely, and very delicate looking.  But looks can be deceiving.  Most are actually very tenacious, often with multiple strategies geared to enable them to survive and reproduce.  1,086 more words


Bountiful Blue Wood Aster

Blue Wood or Heart-leaved Aster (Symphyotrichum cordifolium) began its seasonal bloom in late September, and amazingly, at the end of November it’s still possible to find some blossoms. 844 more words


Mysterious Bumble Bee Behavior

On a cool day in early November, my husband spotted a cluster of Bumble Bees on Blue Wood Aster (Symphyotrichum cordifolium) in the garden outside our living room window.  430 more words



Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale) blooms for many weeks, starting in late summer and continuing through mid-fall, offering nectar and pollen for hungry insect foragers late in the growing season. 685 more words

Native Plants

Jewelweed Has a Back-up Plan

Jewelweed leaves emerge from the soil in early spring, the plant continuing to grow and mature until it finally begins to bloom in mid-to-late summer, and on through early fall. 1,047 more words

Native Plants

Watching Dragonflies: Eastern Pondhawks

Eastern Pondhawks (Erythemis simplicicollis) are dragonflies that perch when they hunt, usually on low foliage or on the ground.

Dragonflies are carnivores. They eat other insects ranging in size from tiny mosquitoes to dragonflies their own size, or for some dragonfly species, even larger.  333 more words

Other Insects And Spiders