A bud named Sue

Chocolate cones

Chocolate cones

The dark chocolate centers of these Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) looked sweet enough to attract at least one summer customer at Assunpink Wildlife Management Area.

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The low and mitey

Red rover

Red rover

A tiny dot on a mission, this Red velvet mite (genus Trombidium, I think) was making good headway across what must have seemed like an immense asphalt desert.

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Prick or treat

Imported wine

Imported wine

An invasive Asian import, Wine raspberry or Japanese wineberry plants (Rubus phoenicolasius) rim the path that loops by an old wooden tower. They offer abundant, if prickly, summer fruit.

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Snap happy

Turtlette

Turtlette

At first sight, this tiny turtle (3 inches long at most) looked like a dry leaf moving slowly across a road by the park.

As it was in an unsuitable situation (cars, cement curbs, storm drains), we moved it to a more favorable spot by a creek well within the park limits. Might be a young snapping turtle.

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Dream boa

The Velveteen Rabbitfoot

A mass of feathery feelers, the soft head of this Rabbitfoot clover (Trifolium arvense) looks like a wispy world unto itself.

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Bringin’ home the buggy bacon

Fly cook

Fly cook

At beak flavor

At beak flavor

Hard at work gathering insects last month, this little songbird — a Warbling vireo (Vireo gilvus), I think — had tiny mouths to feed.

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Turkish delight

Open & shut place

Open & shut place

A bit off the path and with some pods yet to open, this Turk’s-cap lily (Lilium superbum) wasn’t quite at peak dazzle. Still, the open flowers in flaming free fall demanded attention.

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