Sunrise on the Maumee

Sunrise on the Maumee

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Corridor 20

Yesterday Ruta, Diane and I went to a Corridor site to check on one of our rarer plants, Bicknell's Crane's bill (Geranium bicknellii).

You can see the leaves are much like the more common Geranium, only more delicate. 
We found two plants, but they had already gone to seed.  There were likely more, but the area had become overgrown with Blackberry plants.  We'll have to go there earlier in the season next year.

We had a great time regardless.  
The land management crews had removed many trees and brush, making the area much more open.  

We were delighted to find Michigan lilies scattered around.

They were mixed in with Black-eyed Susan and Ohio Spiderwort in this part of the meadow.

The meadow was full of dragonflies.
This isn't a great photo, but I was happy to use my new dragonfly identification skills to determine this was a female Widow Skimmer.

Perhaps the most interesting find of the morning was this fellow.  He is a wasp mantidfly.  They are a combination of wasp and praying mantis.  
He was likely waiting for a smaller insect to wander by so he could have a snack.  

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