Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)


August 28th, 2014. An individual Great Spangled Fritillary was feeding at the Giant Ironweed flowers. These fritillaries are very large compared with the Variegated and Gulf fritillaries that we see at home in Walton County, Georgia.



The gray spots on the underside of the wing are actually silver spots.

The following images that were taken in Fannin County, Georgia, in October 2012 and show the upper side of the wings fully extended as well as the pattern on the underside of the wing.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Giant Ironweed (Vernonia gigantea)




August 28th, 2014 
Giant Ironweed (Vernonia gigantea) 
Lumpkin County, Georgia

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)




August 28th, 2014 
Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus) 
Lumpkin County, Georgia

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Brown Trout


August 28th, 2014. We decided to cross Boggs Creek – the first time we had done so. As we approached the creek, we saw a swirl in the water near the bank. 


Upon closer inspection we spotted a cluster of brown trout near the bank. 


Several had lined up facing the current in the middle of the creek.

 
A closer view.

We had seen a Trout Unlimited truck at Dicks Creek and guessed that they had been introducing new fish into the stream.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Prostrate Ticktrefoil (Desmodium rotundifolium)



These leaves were ‘softer’ than… 

these leaves on a Prostrate Ticktrefoil plant in the Scull Shoals Experimental Forest in Greene County.

August 28th, 2014
Prostrate Ticktrefoil (Desmodium rotundifolium) 
Lumpkin County, Georgia

This species is also known as Roundleaf Tick-trefoil, Dollarleaf, Prostrate Tick-trefoil.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rosy Polypore: Fomitopsis cajenderi or F. rosea?




August 28th, 2014
Rosy Polypore: Fomitopsis cajenderi or F. rosea?
Lumpkin County, Georgia

These fungi appeared as large confluent growths on a fallen pine trunk. In many cases, the caps were fused laterally suggesting that this might be F. cajenderi rather than F. rosea which produces better-separated caps.

Identification resource:

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Pearl Crescents (Phyciodes tharos) On Hoary Mountainmint (Pycnanthemum incanum)




August 28th, 2014. 
Pearl Crescents (Phyciodes tharos) On Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum incanum)  
Lumpkin County, Georgia

Hoary Mountainmint was one of the few wildflowers blooming along the roadside at Dicks Creek. Several Pearl Crescents were feeding at the tiny flowers.