Author Archives: Botany Bill

23 June 2015 – Eastern Box Turtle in Distress

This male Eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina (L.) Bell ssp. carolina) was trying to get across the hot pavement, but he was running around in circles. It was hard taking these pictures, it was like he didn’t know which way … Continue reading

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20 June 2015 – Duvall Bridge

(Photo above: new planking on the bridge)     A bridge has existed at this location since the early 1800’s. The current structure was built in 1907 and was closed to traffic in 2009 due to its deteriorating condition. Renovation … Continue reading

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20 June 2015 – Milkweed Meadow

  This meadow on the Central Tract is located along Beech Forest Drive near where the powerlines cross MD 197 and as far as I can determine is the largest field of Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca L.) on the refuge. … Continue reading

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20 June 2015 – Worm Plots

The worm plots are historically significant because of the role they played in DDT research. In the 1960’s, researchers at the USGS’s Patuxent Wildlife Research Center conducted research on the effect that certain pesticides had on raptors. Rachel Carson in … Continue reading

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20 June 2015 – Whooping Crane Observatory

(Above photo: Two whooping Cranes at Patuxent Research Refuge.) The Patuxent Research Refuge is home to the USGS’s (United States Geological Survey’s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. One of the on-going projects conducted by the USGS there is the Whooping Crane … Continue reading

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20 June 2015 – Mallard Pond

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20 June 2015 – Snowden Pond

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20 June 2015 – Knowles Marsh 3

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20 June 2015 – Knowles Marsh 2

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20 June 2015 – Knowles Marsh 1

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20 June 2015 – Little American Toad

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20 June 2015 – Gerronema strombodes

Spotted this interesting mushroom along Mill Race Road just past the swamp. They were growing all over the woods from the humus soil. I can’t seem to find a common name for it, but its scientific name is Gerronema strombodes. … Continue reading

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19 June 2015 – This evening’s visitors to our porch

 

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19 June 2015 -Common Pug – a Type of Inch Worm

As I was driving away today at the refuge, I spotted an inch worm on my arm. So I decided to take a few photos of it. It is apparently called a common pug (Eupithecia miserulata), a moth of the … Continue reading

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19 June 2015 – Great Spangled Fritillary

Several individuals of this beautiful butterfly, called the Great Spangled Fritillary, were flying around the North Tract Contact Station this afternoon. They were feeding on the nectar of the Common Milkweed growing in the flower beds around the building.   … Continue reading

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18 June 2015 – Spotted Wintergreen – Chimaphila maculata

Spent 1.5 hours on the refuge today. Drove out to Lake Allen and spotted some white-colored flowers off in the pine woods on the east side of the lake. I got out of the Jeep to investigate and discovered it … Continue reading

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17 June 2015 – Chicken- of-the-Woods – Laetiporus sulphureus

  Found some Chicken-of-the-Woods growing on a rotting oak log today. Its scientific name is Laetiporus sulphureus. It is a polypore shelf mushroom. The Chicken-of-the-Woods is edible, although some people may be allergic to it. It is said to taste … Continue reading

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13 June 2015 – Memorial Rose – Rosa wichuraiana

About 15 years ago, I spotted two colonies of white roses across the street from our house. They were not the Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora) which had already mostly finished because blooming, and this rose was in its prime.   … Continue reading

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13 June 2015 – Common Winterberry – Ilex verticillata

(Photo above: flower cluster) I found some Common Winterberry that was in full bloom today along the Little Patuxent Trail. The scientific name for this member of the holly family (Aquifoliaceae) is Ilex verticillata (L.) A. Gray. Its native range … Continue reading

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11 June 2015 – Devil’s Tongue – Opuntia humifusa

This afternoon, I took a quick jaunt out to Lake Allen to take some pictures of the Devil’s Tongue, a type of prickly pear that is found on the Refuge. Devil’s Tongue’s is also known as Eastern Prickly Pear and … Continue reading

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