>> It may have been the last cool day? July 22, 2021July 28, 2021 5 Comments Was July 16th the last cool day for the summer? I do not know. Will this stop me from going out on another day? Well, of course not. A clean break! The liverwort added nicely to the browns. Occasionally I will find a tack in a tree. Perhaps someone’s survey marker. A tiny Crambid Snout Moth (Crambidae) stop just long enough for me to get a picture. Beautiful colors! Update: Claire remembered it…Hollow-spotted Blepharomastix (Blepharomastix ranalis). Impressive Claire! And thanks! In this photo you can see the different lengths of the short gills of a mushroom. A dead trunk that was tipped over. Mosses, lichens, fungus have all moved in. The starry night Van Gogh of the wood grain shows off too! I moved fast to catch up with the Tarantula Hawk (Pepsis genus). Their sting is supposed to be very very painful! Definitely caution required. A grass stalk! It was not flowering so no ID today. The Little Brown skink (Scincella lateralis) did not move a muscle. Did it think it had an invisible cloaking device? The Grape Fern (Botrychium virginianum) is not new to the grasslands, but was very exciting to me! I had never seen it before. This fern has a stalk (the sporangia) above the leaves where the spores are kept. We were too late to see the spores. A lovely moss covered log to conclude the July 16th outing! Article: Why Is the Eastern Monarch Butterfly Disappearing? Is There Something We Can Do About It? Keep looking!