Monthly Archives: September 2011

Random Insect: Western conifer seed bug

This morning I was greeted by a leaf-footed bug (family Coreidae) clinging to the side of my garage.  Naturally I grabbed my camera to photograph it, and later identified it as a western conifer seed bug (Hemiptera: Coreidae: Leptoglossus occidentalis). … Continue reading

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Random Plant: Flower-of-an-hour

A few days ago I came across a rather interesting plant I hadn’t seen before.  This individual was growing alone near some landscape rocks at a friend’s house here in southeast Michigan.  I keyed it out as a flower-of-an-hour (Hibiscus … Continue reading

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Plant-Insect Interaction: Shining flower beetles on goldenrod

I see shining flower beetles (family Phalacridae) all the time but don’t usually bother trying to photograph them.  These tiny little insects are less than 3mm in length and test the limits of my camera’s macros.  Yesterday I got lucky, … Continue reading

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Eastern chipmunk

Last weekend I saw a ton of eastern chipmunks (Rodentia:  Sciuridae:  Tamias striatus) running around at Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  Since they were busy stuffing their faces for the impending winter, none of them seemed willing to hold still long … Continue reading

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Random Insect: Red admiral

While stopped alongside Tinkers Creek at Cuyahoga Valley National Park I came across a number of these red admirals (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Vanessa atalanta) sipping nectar from various late-summer asters.  These butterflies overwinter in the deep south, but migrate northward every … Continue reading

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Random Plant: Wingstem

Last weekend I visited Cuyahoga Valley National Park and along the Cuyahoga River I came across these conspicuous asters.  They were over six feet in height with large and thin alternate leaves and big yellow flowers with drooping ray florets.  … Continue reading

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Waterfalls of Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Here are three waterfalls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park located between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. In order they are Bridal Veil Falls, Blue Hen Falls, and Brandywine Falls. Recorded 09/17/2011.

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