After birding for several days straight, I headed to a nearby woods to get some plant photos:
I will identify it at the end of the post.
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:
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.
This is a good one to know in all seasons: Poison Ivy
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.