Category: Things

Cliff Saxifrage or Michaux’s Saxifrage

Cliff Saxifrage or Michaux’s Saxifrage [Saxifraga michauxii] photos were taken on the North Carolina Bartram Trail on 27 May 2017 and at Carl Sandburg Home on 28 May 2017.  It’s a member of the Saxifrage (Saxifragaceae) family.   Timothy P. Spira’s Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains & Piedmont, page 403, states that …

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Yellow Wood-Sorrel or Common Yellow Oxalis

Yellow Wood-Sorrel [Oxalis stricta] photos were taken at the North Carolina Arboretum, in Asheville, on 14 May 2017.  It’s a member of the Wood-Sorrel (Oxalidaceae) family. Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, pages 246-247, states that it blooms from Spring to Fall and is a “common weed of gardens and roadsides.” USDA Plants Listing: Oxalis stricta

Rue Anemone

Rue Anemone [Anemonella thalictroides] photos were taken on the Mountains-to-Sea trail between the Blue Ridge Parkway Folk Art Center and Visitor’s Center on 16 April 2017.  It’s the member of the Buttercup (Ranunculaceae) family.  Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, pages 392-3, states it’s a “delicate spring flower” that is found in open woods. It can have 5-10 petallike …

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Woodland Violets

Woodland Violets [Viola] found at Givens Estates on 14 April 2017 and in Gerton, North Carolina on 15 April 2017.

Periwinkle or Myrtle

These photos of Periwinkle [Vinca Minor] were taken on 16 March 2013 and 5 March 2017.  The older photos were from Fletcher Park. Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, pages 256-257, says this is another cultivated flower escaped to roadsides and woods, which is where it was found.  Common Periwinkle or Myrtle is a member of the Dogbane (Apocynaceae) …

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Sewerage Manhole Cover – 11 February 2017

Sewerage Access Cover – Buncombe County, Asheville, North Carolina – 11 February 2017

Broad-winged Katydid

Broad-winged Katydid [Microcentrum rhombifolium] on 3 October 2016.  The NWF Field Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America, page 97 says this insect “eats leaves in the crowns of deciduous trees and shrubs in wooded areas, parks, and neighborhoods.”

Fine-leaved or Bitter Sneezeweed

Fine-leaved or Bitter Sneezeweed [Helenium tenuifolium] photos were taken at Fletcher Park on 2 October 2016.  It’s the member of the Aster (Asteraceae ⁄ Compositae) family.  Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, pages 366-367, states it blooms in summer and fall and can be found in fields and on roadsides. USDA Plants Listing: Helenium tenuifolium

Eastern Tailed-Blue Butterfly

A gathering of Eastern Tailed-Blue butterflies [Everes comyntas] found at Russian Chapel Hills Winery on 3 September 2016.  The NWF Field Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America, page 280 says “these are the only tailed blue butterfly in the eastern United States.”

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.”