Category Archives: Flowers

Random Harvestbells

Scattered here and there along the quarry lake of Plainsboro Preserve, Harvestbells or Soapwort gentian (Gentiana saponaria) added even more oomph to an already beautiful Fall day. Some groupings varied in color, presenting a soft serving of frosted blueberry & … Continue reading

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Juxtaposed swamp meet

An attractive Skunk cabbage — bright green with a plum-colored comma-like accent — provided a sharp contrast with the less appealing bog water it was growing in.

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Golden Ploy

Enjoying the flowering goldenrod along with any number of other insects, this fly looked like a couple of other diners, including yellow jacket and locust borer beetle. Hover fly, Eastern hornet fly, wasp-mimic flower fly — whatever common name it … Continue reading

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Numbdrops

Once again, the hardy Snowdrop makes its appearance during an almost-Spring snowfall. Despite the icy environs, a few dewy drops of snowmelt hinted at warmer times to come. [Previous Snowdrop post.]

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Crunchy crew-cut clusters

Where the boardwalk returns to grassy path at one end of Little Silver Nature Trail, Sweetscent flowers (Pluchea odorata) in various stages of decline still managed to add small splotches of color next to the beige-gray walls of phragmites that … Continue reading

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Gold Digger of 2017

Rather than drilling into its namesake plant, this Locust borer (Megacyllene robiniae) was digging for goldenrod. Looked like beetle cousin to the yellowjacket.

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Prickly royal intrigue

As a Monarch butterfly was sipping nectar from the thready head of a Field thistle (Cirsium discolor), some type of mantis lay in wait among the thorny leaves. Luckily for the Monarch, it decided to fly off before it became … Continue reading

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