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#wildflowerwednesday Β - Fringed-Gentian
Visited Bluff Spring Fen (northern Illinois) recently and found many Gentianopsis sp. in bloom.

Natural History Notes: "Gentians" bloom late summer, early fall when most everything else is brown. This particular location is a designated Illinois Nature Preserve with many "rare" plants...plant species list of 500+! I did not get good photos of the plant leaves to drill down to whether this was a Greater or Lesser Fringed-Gentian. No matter the flowers were large and beautiful. Hope you enjoy :-)
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This mushroom has the leftovers from a "partial veil" (overview at Wikipedia http://bit.ly/2L6apuw). Note the draping material on the cap edge (appendiculate margin) and the ring on the stalk. Likely a fungi of the Agaricus genus.

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7/17/18
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Queen Alexander's Sulphur (Colias alexandra) nectaring atop Blue Mountain, one of my favorite wildlife watching spots :-)

Indexed by: #BD_Colias_alexandra
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Northern Blue (Plebejus idas) drinking organic slurry at edge of Sawmill Pond. Note the somewhat hidden Common Roadside Skipper.

Indexed by: #BD_Plebejus_idas
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Bell-shaped cap with this emerging shroom. Western Larch are the overstory.
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The only Curve-beak Lousewort (Pedicularis contorta) found yesterday not setting seed. Yes, the flowers are really the cool part of the plant (name says it all). The plant grows 3-12 inches in height in grasslands and open forest of montane to subalpine elevations (Lesica 2012). There are 36 species of lousewort in North America, most are restricted to the American West (Brandenburg 2010).

Indexed by: #BD_Pedicularis_contorta
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7/16/18
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Happy Sunday E Boarders :-)
Thought you might enjoy reflecting on the writings of Rachel Carson. She was a marine biologist and extremely talented writer...brought to light pollutant damage to the environment.

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Eastern Tailed-Blue (Everes comyntas) can be found in "truly urban areas" of the eastern U.S. into southern Canada (Glassberg 2017). This is one of the most abundant butterflies of this geographic region (Pyle 1981). Look for it around legumes (clovers etc.) in open areas, not forest (Jeffords, Post and Wiker 2014).

CTA: Take an hour out today to look for/photograph this butterfly in your "neighborhood". Post pics in comments below :-)

Indexed by: #BD_Everes_comyntas
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Want diagnostic butterfly photos? Make sure natural light illuminates part of butterfly important for identification. Chryxus Arctic (Oeneis chryxus) exampled below :-)

Indexed by: #BD_Oeneis_chryxus
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7/14/18
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What appears to be Suillus ochraceoroseus fruiting under Western Larch at elevation of 6,072 feet. Note the interesting pattern on the stipe, pink cap and remnant veil :-)
Shared with #shroomshotsaturday and +Sabeena LoBello +Patti Colston +Patricia Kristensen
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