||Observation (Click on links for photos)
(Lilium michiganense) in flower, Manitiwoc
County, Town of Cooperstown (Joel Trick); Wild Carrot (Daucus
carota), White Sweet Clover (Melilotus alba),
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), Catnip (Nepeta
cataria) in flower, UWGB (Gary Fewless).
(Campanula rapunculoides) in flower, UWGB (Gary Fewless).
(Tilia cordata) in flower, UWGB (Gary Fewless)
(Rhus typhina), Canada Thistle (Cirsium arvense),
Orange Day Lily (Hemerocallis fulva) in flower, UWGB
(Asclepias syriaca), Common St. John's-wort (Hypericum
perforatum) in flower, UWGB, (Gary Fewless).
||Thousands of juvenile
American Toads emerging from tadpoles, UWGB prairie pond (Steve
(Verbena hastata) in flower, UWGB (Gary Fewless)
(Sambucus canadensis) in flower, UWGB (Gary Fewless).
||Both Narrow-leaved and
Broad-leaved Cattails (Typha angustifolia and Typha
latifolia) in flower, UWGB (Gary Fewless).
feeding flying young, Manitowoc Co, Cooperstown area (Joel Trick).
Lance-leaf Tickseed (Coreopsis lanceolata),
Manitowoc County (Joel Trick)
eggs hatching, Door Co (Steve Price).
||Gray Dogwood (Cornus
racemosa) and King Solomon's-seal (Polygonatum biflorum)
in flower, UWGB (Gary Fewless). A front moving through the area cooled
temperatures last night and steady rain is falling today.
||Early Wild Rose
(Rosa blanda), our commonest wild rose, in flower UWGB (Gary
Fewless). Hot, humid weather continues--high temp 88.
||Reed Canary Grass
(Phalaris arundinacea) in flower UWGB (Gary Fewless). Hot,
humid weather arrives with high temp of 88 in Green Bay.
||Brome Grass (Bromus
inermis) has begun flowering, but so far only along street edges;
Ox-eye Daisy (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum) in flower,
UWGB (Gary Fewless).
These conspicuous species
have begun flowering in the City of Green Bay since the 6th: Annual
Fleabane (Erigeron annuus), Yellow Sweet Clover
(Melilotus officinalis), Blue flag (Iris virginica),
Painted Turtle laying egss, Manitowoc Co, Cooperstown
area (Joel Trick).
I saw some large outbreaks of Forest Tent Caterpillars
in Vilas and Forest Counties over the last several days. The caterpillars
had removed virtually all the leaves in some big stands of Trembling
Aspen (Populus tremuloides). Many other trees were also
affected, but none as severely as the Aspen. There were so many
caterpillars that they spilled over into all adjacent habitats,
even clumped sedges in standing water and there was a steady stream
of catepillars floating (swimming in a crude fashion) on the surface
of a small creek that I crossed. Many species in the forest utilize
the caterpillars as a prey species and typically these outbreaks
are of short duration ( a year or two). Flesh Flies (also
called "friendly flies" in the press) are one conspicuous
species which acts to control caterpillars by parasitizing them.
We can expect a large increase in the number of Flesh Flies during
the months ahead. (Gary Fewless)
||Cool weather and rain have
slowed the development of new flowers. Today was a big day for pollination
in the Red Pines (Pinus resinosa) in Vilas County (Gary
(Robinia pseudo-acacia) in flower, UWGB (Gary Fewless). The
cold, rainy weather which arrived today will slow the development
of the plants (Gary Fewless).