Leaf Peeping

My floral foray blog

Lymantria, Tramps, and Thieves: The Moth Wreaking Havoc on Northeastern Forests

LD moths* (Lymantria dispar) first came to North America in the late 1800s in Boston Massachusetts. Etienne Leopold Trouvelot, a french astronomer and naturalist, imported them from Europe in an attempt to find a new source for silk (1). Some eventually escaped his home and only ten years after their release, LD moths were alreadyContinue reading “Lymantria, Tramps, and Thieves: The Moth Wreaking Havoc on Northeastern Forests”

Awaiting Skunk Cabbage

The frigid disconsolate abyss that is wintertime in Michigan does not make for very compelling floral forays. Most of my winter outdoor activities involve peering at tree buds, admiring mosses, and trying (and failing) to get into birding. The silver lining of enduring a long winter is it makes you appreciate the beauty of spring.Continue reading “Awaiting Skunk Cabbage”

Identifying Goldenrods

Fall is in full swing and as the growing season winds to a close, one group of plants is still producing flowers and providing a last meal for pollinators preparing for winter. Many of the plants that bloom in the midwest this time of year belong to the sunflower family, Asteraceae. This plant family isContinue reading “Identifying Goldenrods”

Oak wilt

In August, I went up to my family cabin in northern Michigan. My grandparents built the cabin in the 1960’s and my family has been going up there ever since. The dry sandy soil of the northern upper peninsula of Michigan is home to trees such as bigtooth aspen, Jack pine, balsam fir, white pine,Continue reading “Oak wilt”

Which bog is best?

A bog is a wetland where plant material has been allowed to accumulate for many years. Bogs are typically fairly acidic and nutrient poor and are often home to plants that do not occur in other areas, even other wetlands. Due to the poor soil in bogs some plants have evolved strategies to get nutrientsContinue reading “Which bog is best?”


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