Monthly Archives: October 2012

Random Insect: Black bug

Although I often see black bugs (Hemipterea: Thyreocoridae) crawling on flowers throughout the summer, this late-season individual seemed a bit out of sorts. I found him wandering around the base of a barn along with some boxelder bugs (Hemiptera: Rhopalidae: … Continue reading

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Autumn Color

I visited a number of locations this autumn looking for the perfect time and place for some vibrant fall color. The best trip I had was this past Sunday while hiking along Mill Lake at Waterloo State Recreation Area near … Continue reading

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Plant-Insect Interaction: Ants on bittersweet

While hiking at Waterloo State Recreation Area near Chelsea, Michigan yesterday I came across some bittersweet (Celastrus sp., Celastraceae). The hard capsules of these woody, shrubby vines were beginning to split open to reveal the red fruit inside. A number … Continue reading

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Random Plant: Canadian wood nettle

Canadian wood nettleĀ (Laportea canadensis, Urticaceae) is a common herb in a floodplain forest I frequently visit near Blissfield, Michigan. It’s often found in wet wooded areas throughout eastern North America. I wrote about the wood nettle here a couple of … Continue reading

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Random Insect: Common buckeye

Living throughout the year far to the south, common buckeyes (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Junonia coenia) venture north every summer to temporarily colonize colder latitudes. I frequently see these butterflies in open meadows and old fields here in southeast Michigan, especially now … Continue reading

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Plant-Insect Interaction: Sweat bee on a New England aster

Although we’ve experienced several frosts and freezes here in southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio, a number of plants and insects are still alive and kicking. The other day I found a dutiful sweat bee (Hymenoptera: Halictidae) collecting the late-season nectar … Continue reading

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Random Plant: Wreath goldenrod

While hiking the hills at Pinckney State Recreation Area near Chelsea, Michigan a few weeks ago, I came across a stretch of trail hosting wreath goldenrod (Solidago caesia, Asteraceae). Unlike the other goldenrod speciesĀ I often see in old fields and … Continue reading

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