Monthly Archives: November 2012

Random Plant: American cranberrybush

Last week I found this American cranberrybush (Viburnum opulus var. americanum or V. trilobum, Caprifoliaceae) at Oak Openings Preserve Metropark near Swanton, Ohio. This native shrub is found largely in the northern United States and southern Canada, but only occurs sparsely … Continue reading

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Random Insect: Antlike flower beetle

While digging through some weeds in a greenhouse the other day, I uncovered a number of these tiny antlike flower beetles (Coleoptera: Anthicidae: Malporus sp.). Adults in this family are often found on plants and feed on smaller arthropods, pollen, … Continue reading

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Random Plant: Autumn olive

I come across autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata, Elaeagnaceae) almost everywhere I go here in southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio. Most of the plants I see are young single-stemmed individuals like the one shown above. Sometimes I also see older multi-stemmed shrubs: … Continue reading

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Random Insect: Big-eyed bug

Although it’s cold here now and most insects have disappeared for the year, some can still be found. The other day I looked around inside a relatively warm greenhouse and came across several. Among them were a number of these … Continue reading

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Random Plant: Morrow’s honeysuckle

Morrow’s honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii, Caprifoliaceae) is one of several Asian bush honeysuckles that were imported to the United States long ago. It has much in common with Amur honeysuckle, which I wrote about the other day. Both were introduced for use as ornamentals … Continue reading

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A flotilla of mallards

On Sunday I went hiking at Oak Openings Preserve Metropark near Swanton, Ohio. While passing Evergreen Lake I heard a chorus of ducks erupt in quacks near the far shore. As I got closer, I realized the commotion was coming … Continue reading

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Random Insect: Rove beetle

In late September I found this strikingly-colored rove beetle (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Paederus sp.) in an old field/prairie environment here in southeast Michigan. Rove beetles can be identified in part thanks to their notably short elytra. In beetles, these modified forewings … Continue reading

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