It was exciting for me and the busy bee to find some milkweed blossoms the deer haven’t eaten yet! The milkweed pollen our bee is collecting looks like butter! I wonder what it tastes like. We ate young green milkweed pods once over 40 years ago. As I recall, you need to boil them twice, changing the water. Warning: Please Google before you try them. They tasted like string beans.
Stems of yucca flowers are so beautiful. Ants love them too so please avoid picking them.
Is that a Bactrian (2-humped) camel on upper right side of photo? What else could it be? Box turtle patterns are amazing!
I should have turned this photo upside down…FYI, it is a male. Please be careful to wash your hands thoroughly if you pick one up to move it out of the road. They do carry salmonella.
Who ever heard of an East Coast cactus? Much less a Maine cactus?! In Maine they’re called “Holy Joe” in polite society. Down here in southern Maryland they are called “Prickly Pear”.
Close-up of blossoms and thorns. See those long things! OUCH!
In spite of my poster on Backyard Bees of North America I have not identified this one yet. The poster shows side views of bees, not top down. Plus I didn’t find this bee in my backyard. Oops. I was on the road again.
But I can tell you the flowers are horse nettles . If not, hopefully someone will correct me! Meanwhile, don’t touch them!
Be very afraid! People driving by often stop to move box turtles and sliders out of the road but no one stops to rescue a snapping turtle. What’s not to love?
Striding across the road… ka-blump! Kaa-blump!
Perhaps I’ll get my nails done…
Any dinosaur would be proud to have a tail like mine!
Some invasives are really hard to hate. Japanese honeysuckle is lovely to look at, lasts for awhile in a vase and it’s fun to show kids how to suck the juice out of it. Exotic honeysuckle replace native forest shrubs and herbaceous plants by their invasive nature and early leaf-out. They shade out herbaceous ground cover and deplete soil moisture. Seeds are readily dispersed by birds. Some research suggests that the plant inhibits the growth of other plants in its vicinity.
What rose has more blossoms tumbling down in joyful waterfalls than the multiflora rose?
Native To: Eastern Asia (Amrine 2002)
Date of U.S. Introduction: Late 1700s (Amrine 2002)
Means of Introduction: Cultivated as an ornamental, for erosion control, and as a living fence (Amrine 2002)
Impact: Forms dense thickets that invade pastures and crowd out native species (Munger 2002)
BE STRONG! NATIVE SPECIES NEED YOUR HELP!
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