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Plant-Insect Interaction: Mining bee feeding on golden ragwort

Many species of mining bees (Hymenoptera: Andrenidae) become active early in the spring. Eager to begin feeding and breeding, these insects can emerge from their underground nests as soon as March or April. This early in the year wildflowers are often … Continue reading

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Random Insect: Blue corporal

As “spring ephemeral” dragonflies, adult blue corporals (Odonata: Libellulidae: Ladona deplanata) can only be seen from March through May. Aquatic nymphs emerge early in the season, molt into adults, and take to the air. They complete their life cycle by mating, laying … Continue reading

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Random Plant: Canadian lousewort

Canadian lousewort (Pedicularis canadensis, Scrophulariaceae/Orobanchaceae) inhabits woodlands and clearings through much of eastern North America. This perennial features large whorls of tubular, two-lipped flowers. Flowers appear in April and May and can be predominantly red or yellow. Individuals exhibiting either color can … Continue reading

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Black rat snake

Capable of exceeding eight feet (2.4 m) in length, black rat snakes (Squamata: Colubridae: Elaphe obsoleta obsoleta or Pantherophis obsoletus obsoleta) are one of the longest native snakes in the United States. It’s more common for adults to reach only about six feet (1.8 … Continue reading

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A family of Canada Geese

Abundant throughout much of North America, Canada Geese (Anseriformes: Anatidae: Branta canadensis) are most often encountered near bodies of water. In the spring they’re commonly seen in family groups, with young and vulnerable goslings sticking close to their protective parents. For … Continue reading

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Random Plant: Fire pink

Native throughout most of eastern North America, fire pink (Silene virginica, Caryophyllaceae) can be found in a variety of habitats. Healthy woodlands, savannas, meadows, and rocky slopes most often host this widespread but relatively uncommon plant. It’s rare near the … Continue reading

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Random Insect: March fly

Surviving for only a few days, adult march flies (Diptera: Bibionidae) spend most of their limited time mating and laying eggs. The adults of several species don’t even eat, but most take nectar from flowers to fuel their endeavors. They also emerge … Continue reading

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