Botany Closeups and a Bug Question Answered: May 2021

After birding for several days straight, I headed to a nearby woods to get some plant photos:

Trout-lily (Erythronium americanum)
Doll’s Eyes (Actaea pachypoda)
Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)
Apple (Malus)


I will identify it at the end of the post.

Violet (Viola odorata)
Apple (Malus)
Early Meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)
Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)
White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)
Flowering Cherry
Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)
Black Currant (Ribes nigrum)
White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)
Serviceberry (Amelanchier)
Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)
Trout-lily (Erythronium americanum)
Red Ash (Fraxinus pensylvanica)
May-apple (Podophyllum peltatum)
Starry False Solomon Seal
Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)
Forsythia (Forsythia intermedia)
Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)
fallen Beech bud covers
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Flowering Cherry
Riverbank Grape (Vitis riparia)
Hawthorn (Crataegus)
Garlic Mustard with Bee
Leafy Spurge (Euphorbia virgata)

We’ve been finding many tiny beetles either alive or dead around the house these days. Being unable to identify them I took some photos and sent them to Ken Sproule.

Here is Ken’s reply:

Hi Miles,
It looks similar to species in the Trirhabda genus of which the Goldenrod Leaf beetle is one (can be seen in abundance on goldenrod in the summer). But this one is the Elm Leaf Beetle (Xanthogaleruca luteola) which overwinter as adults (in diapause – i.e. semi-dormant) in buildings.

Thank-you Ken!!


This is a good one to know in all seasons: Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)


When full, they look like the sun.
When they go to seed, they look like the moon.
When the seeds fly, the seeds look like stars.

Miles Hearn

3 thoughts on “Botany Closeups and a Bug Question Answered: May 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    Too bad I thought the mystery plant was the Violet (I identified it–but maybe it HAD a caption I didn’t notice)! I got the positioning of the photograph and the “mystery plant” designation wrong. Would I have gotten it? Maybe…but regardless, it is, as you say, very important to know!
    What delicious close-ups of flowers/buds/plants etc. in spring! How delightful to be able to see things (here) that don’t tend to be in gardens. Thanks, Miles!

  2. rosemarie fischer

    great pictures of all those neat plants and buds,it amazes me how you find them!!!! and, I sure did not get the ‘mystery plant’……..thanks Miles


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