Category: Things

Large Milkweed Bug

Large Milkweed Bug [Oncopeltus fasciatus] on Common Milkweed [Asclepias syriaca] at Fletcher Park on 27 August 2016.  The NWF Field Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America, page 123 says this true bug’s “bright colors serve to warn predators of their bitter taste, which is a result of their diet.”

Fungi on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, South Asheville

Fungi on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail in South Asheville, North Carolina on 21 August 2016.  

Common Dodder or Love Vine

Common Dodder or Love Vine [Cuscuta gronovii] found near the Blue Ridge Parkway, milepost 437, Glassy Mine Overlook, along the roadside on 30 July 2016. It’s a member of the Dodder (Cuscutaceae) family.  Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, pages 322-323, says it’s a parasitic plant, that “tightly twines around the stems of other plants and absorbs their sap …

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Great Golden Digger Wasp on Common Milkweed

Great Golden Digger Wasp [Sphex ichneumoneus] on Common Milkweed [Asclepias syriaca] at Fletcher Park on 17 July 2016. The plant is a member of the Milkweed (Asclepiadaceae) family.  Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, pages 264-265, states it’s a “coarse plant of fields of fields and roadsides.”  The NWF Field Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America, page …

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Fuller’s Teasel or Common Teasel

Fuller’s Teasel or Common Teasel [Dipsacus fullonum] photos were taken at Fletcher Park on 11 July 2013 and on 16 July 2016. It’s the member of the Teasel (Dipsacaceae) family. Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, pages 160-161, states it blooms in summer and fall and can be found in fields and on roadsides.  The guide also lists …

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Great Laurel or Rosebay Rhododendron

Great Laurel or Rosebay [Rhododendron maximum] on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail in South Asheville, North Carolina on 10 July 2016.  It’s a member of the Heath (Ericaceae) family. Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, pages 292-293, says it blooms in early summer in damp woods and swamps. USDA Plants Listing: Rhododendron maximum

Tall Blazing Star or Rough Blazing Star

Tall Blazing Star or Rough Blazing Star [Liatris aspera] found off Brevard Road, Asheville, North Carolina on 2 July 2016.  It’s a member of the Aster/Composite (Asteraceae) family. Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, pages 412-413, states it blooms in summer and fall in dry open places. USDA Plants Listing: Liatris aspera

Trumpet Creeper

Trumpet Creeper [Campsis radicans] found outside the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea on 17 June 2013 and in Asheville, North Carolina on 26 June 2016. It’s a member of the Trumpet-creeper or Bignonia  (Bignoniaceae) family. Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, pages 328-329, says that it grows in moist woods and thickets.  I spotted this same plant earlier this …

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Milkweed Borer

Milkweed Borer [Tetraopes femoratus] found near Fletcher Park, off Mills Gap on 18 June 2016.  It’s a Longhorn Beetle, in the family Cerambycidae.  There was a milkweed plant nearby, but the plant it’s on is unidentified, as the leaves are not the right shape to be milkweed. The NWF Field Guide to Insects and Spiders of …

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Butterfly Milkweed or Butterfly Weed

Butterfly Milkweed or Butterfly Weed [Asclepias tuberosa] found near Fletcher Park on 28 August 2013 and 18 June 2016. It’s a member of the Milkweed (Asclepiadaceae) family. Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, pages 188-189, states it blooms in summer in dry fields and on banks, and it also lists another common name as Pleurisy Root. USDA Plants …

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