Added 4/21/2018: Double-crested cormorant, Phalacrocorax auritus.
Added 4/17/2018: Poison hemlock, Conium maculatum.
Added 4/13/2018: Dog vomit slime mold, Fuligo septica.
Added 12/20/2017: Common sowthistle, Sonchus oleraceus.
Added 12/20/2017: Prickly sowthistle, Sonchus asper.
Added 10/20/2017: Rough-leaved dogwood, Cornus drummondii.
Added 10/8/2017: Painted turtle, Chrysemys picta.
Added 9/25/2017: Jack-in-the-pulpit, Arisaema triphyllum.
Added 9/18/2017: Tar spot of maple, Rhytisma americanum, is a harmless parasite.
Added 9/18/2017: Red maple, Acer rubrum, displays red in every season.
Added 9/18/2017: Silver maple, Acer saccharinum, has distinctive leaves.
Added 9/9/2017: The monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, is a Midwestern icon.
Added 9/9/2017: Common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca hosts diverse insects.
Added 8/23/2017: The American robin, Turdus migratorius, has an unfortunate scientific name.
Added 8/22/2017: Pokeweed, Phytolacca americana, makes amazing berries in late summer.
Added 8/12/2017: The wood duck, Aix sponsa, is an unmistakeable bird.
Added 7/21/2017: The brown-headed cowbird, Molothrus ater, lays its eggs in the nests of other birds!
Added 7/21/2017: Eastern cottonwood, Populus deltoides, is a towering riparian tree.
Added 7/20/2017: The widow skimmer, Libellula luctuosa, is a common sight near water.
Added 7/19/2017: Butterfly milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa, has deep orange flowers.
Added 7/19/2017: Dogbane, Apocynum cannabinum, is common throughout the Midwest.
Pictured above are the flowers of Asclepias tuberosa, known as "butterfly weed" or "butterfly milkweed." As its common names suggest, it is a favorite of monarchs and other butterflies, appearing in summer throughout the Midwest. It is easily identified by its gorgeous orange flowers and its alternating, narrowly oblong, pointed leaves.
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Aix sponsa—(wood duck)
American robin—(Turdus migratorius)
Aphis nerii—(oleander aphid)
Brown-headed cowbird—(Molothrus ater)
Butterfly milkweed / butterfly weed—(Asclepias tuberosa)
Chrysemys picta—(painted turtle)
Chrysochus auratus—(dogbane beetle)
Conium maculatum—(poison hemlock)
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Cornus drummondii—(rough-leaved dogwood)
Cycnia inopinatus—(unexpected Cycnia)
Danaus plexippus—(monarch butterfly)
Dog vomit slime mold—(Fuligo septica)
Dogbane beetle—(Chrysochus auratus)
Euchaetes egle—(milkweed tiger moth)
Fuligo spetica—(dog vomit slime mold)
Jack-in-the-pulpit rust—(Uromyces ari-triphylli)
Large milkweed bug—(Oncopeltus fasciatus)
Libellula luctuosa—(widow skimmer)
Limenitis archippus—(viceroy butterfly)
Milkweed tiger moth—(Euchaetes egle)
Molothrus ater—(brown-headed cowbird)
Monarch butterfly—(Danaus plexippus)
Oleander aphid—(Aphis nerii)
Oncopeltus fasciatus—(large milkweed bug)
Painted turtle—(Chrysemys picta ater)
Phalacrocorax auritus—(double-crested cormorant)
Poison hemlock—(Conium maculatum)
Populus deltoides—(eastern cottonwood)
Red milkweed beetle—(Tetraopes tertophthalmus)
References — List of resources consulted and/or cited.
Rhytisma americanum—(tar spot of maple)
Tar spot of maple—(Rhytisma americanum)
Tetraopes tetrophthalmus—(red milkweed beetle)
Turdus migratorius—(American robin)
Unexpected Cycnia—(Cycnia inopinatus)
Uromyces ari-triphylli—(Jack-in-the-pulpit rust)
Viceroy butterfly—(Limenitis archippus)
Widow skimmer—(Libellula luctuosa)
Wood duck—(Aix sponsa)
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