Great Golden Digger Wasp
Notes and Changes since last report
- It was 75°F, cloudy and calm at 2:00 PM on August 4, 2021.
- After all the rain this season, a few mushrooms were showing up.
- Birds were a little quiet today.
- This week's trail report covers the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.
- Finding goldenrod about to bloom last week was a little unsettling - this find by trail marker 10 was disturbing.
- On the Cary Pines Trail, mushrooms were finally showing up.
- This one looked familiar but it it usually bumpier.
- Fine hairs on the surface gave this one a satin sheen.
- Indian pipes seem hard to call plants without chlorophyll.
- Fruit was forming on maple-leaved viburnum.
- This monster mushroom was nearly a foot across.
- Sun came out for a moment on a snowberry clearwing in the Norway Spruce Glade - the little meadow above the Fern Glen.
- At the entrance to the limestone cobble, a tall spike was flowering.
- It was Culver's root.
- By the pond, sneezeweed was starting to bloom.
- Yellow stood out on the other side of the pond.
- That was green-headed coneflower.
- A strong, sweet scent was in the air behind the pond.
- It was coming from a single flower head of sweet pepperbush.
- On the other side of the pond, trillium fruit were ripening.
- Back in the fen, blue aster was open.
- Milkweed was being visited by great golden digger wasps.
- Also present were great black digger wasps. Both are said to supply their nest burrows with katydids and the like, but do not bother people.
- A carrot family member, water parsnip, was blooming in a little trickle of water.
- The umble was more sparse than say, Queen Anne's lace.
- And the leaves were almost fern-like.
- Common Indian tobacco was asking to be trampled.
- By its flowers it's recognizeable as a Lobelia.
- Off the side something looked a little like wood nettle...
- ... except for the flower, false nettle is pretty close.
- Mad-dog skullcap was sprawling across the wet stones.
- Tiny blue flowers were in the leaf axils.
- Spotted Joe-Pye weed was starting to bloom in front of the pond.
- One head was host to an ant, ambush bug, and bumble bee.
- Well hidden at the front of the pond, wild mint had been blooming for a week.
- It had gotten warmer and the air was close as today's walk was wrapping up along the Scots Pine Allée.
- A pair of house wrens scolded me as I passed through.
- Next week: the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.