Monthly Archives: July 2012

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Revisited

Back in May I visited Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore between Munising and Grand Marais, Michigan. On that trip my friend and I headed up to Isle Royale National Park for four days of backpacking, and Pictured Rocks was just a … Continue reading

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Apostle Islands National Lakeshore: Lakeshore Trail

While on our way to Voyageurs National Park earlier this week, my wife and I made a half-day stop at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. This park encompasses 21 islands and twelve miles of mainland coast on the Lake Superior shore … Continue reading

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Voyageurs National Park

Earlier this week my wife and I drove up to northern Minnesota to visit Voyageurs National Park. This jewel of the North Woods encompasses 84,000 acres of interconnected waterways separated by 134,000 acres of densely wooded land and over 500 … Continue reading

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Random Insect: Eight-spotted forester moth

Last week I found this eight-spotted forester moth (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Alypia octomaculata) feeding on a variety of flowers at Side Cut Metropark near Maumee, Ohio. First it was visiting a mullein foxglove (Dasistoma macrophylla, Scrophulariaceae), then it moved over to a wild bergamot … Continue reading

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Plant-Insect Interaction: Monarch butterfly feeding on common milkweed

A few weeks ago my wife and I were hiking at Side Cut Metropark near Maumee, Ohio, and we found this monarch butterfly (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Danaus plexippus) feeding on a common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca, Asclepiadaceae). Larvae feed entirely on plants in the … Continue reading

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Random Plant: Wild garlic

A few weeks ago I came across some wild garlic (Allium vineale, Liliaceae) at Side Cut Metropark near Maumee, Ohio. In late June each tall, hollow stalk bore a swollen bulb-like object near the top. A couple of weeks later, the papery … Continue reading

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Baby raccoons

On Sunday morning I went for a hike in the morning twilight at Oak Openings Preserve Metropark near Swanton, Ohio. I came upon the usual white-tailed deer and even some turkeys before stumbling across a raccoon (Procyon lotor, Procyonidae). She … Continue reading

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