Marchantia polymorphs - AKA Common liverwort AKA Umbrella liverwort can be found in a wide variety of habitats - this particular patch was found at the edge between a small creek and prairie.
The umbrella-like structures are known as gametophores, which contain the female reproductive structure.
Happy Solstice one and all!
What better way to make the most of the longest day of the year than to spend it out in the glorious sunshine with your favorite person. In total we covered about 4.5 miles over the span of 5 hours (yes, hiking with us involves a lot of stopping and looking and I wouldn't have it any other way)! Along with everything in the slideshow below we also watched or heard peewees, phoebes, scarlet tanagers, blue gray flycatchers, yellowthroats, red-eyed vireo, tiger swallowtail, red admirals flying and darting around.
It's just after 8pm and here I am still sitting in the glorious sun. What an excellent day for all the rains to finally subside.
Beautiful Wood-Nymph - Eudryas grata
This moth mimics bird droppings as a form of camouflage. It can be found during the day everywhere from forests, meadows and gardens, often on vines. They don't eat and reserve all their energy for finding a mate and reproducing. As a caterpillar they feast on Virginia creeper, grape, and other similar vines.
Found today at Wooster Memorial Park
We're in the space between big blooms - spring's grand entrance and summer's meadow/prairie show, but that doesn't mean it's quiet out in the woods. The slideshow below shows some of the early-mid June blooms that you can spot now before the big prairie bloom begins!
Since 2015 we have been exploring and sharing all the amazing things we’ve found in nature.
Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who is most often found out in the woods.