Down at the bottom

Continuing on with the Monday outing, we reach the creek bottom in this post. The creek had some water, but it does not run all the time. However with the recent rains, parts of it was still flowing.

These roots are a pretty pinkish red. I do not know what they are, but pretty never the less.

We pulled one out to get a closer look. It was interesting to see that the tips were darker.

Also we found this fast moving larva on the root. Not a good photo, but it was fast and only about 6 mm long.

This moth did not stick around long for me either. I believe it is a worn Green Cloverworm (Hypena scabra).

Mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinum) was just getting started.

Hairy Sunflower (Helianthus hirsutus) were really tall. In fact, I brought home part of one to try to turn it into something new. It still was the Hairy Sunflower even after I got it home LOL.

A closer look!

Here some debris was hanging down off a root. It was probably five feet above the creek bed. So this creek had seen some high water!

Jeanne led the way. Notice that the vegetation is still bent over from the recent rain.

Thallose liverwort was bright green!

The Smaller Sand Cricket (Ellipes minuta) tunnels on the sand bar. In this case you can still see rain drop “tracks” and other even smaller traces of somethings.

All of the above were from Monday’s outing. Those below are from today at our house.

I just could not wait to share this moth! I love its dark tufts of hairs on its legs. It is the Boxwood Leaftier Moth (Galasa nigrinodis)! I found this on Frostweed! The moth is native. However only boxwood (Buxus spp.) and devilwood (Osmanthus) are reported in BugGuide. Neither are native to our area.

Finally, I found this gal on the walk this morning. I saw her 10 years ago. We offered her a strawberry but she had other things to do. She walked right over the strawberry LOL.

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Keep looking!

The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know.


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