August 24, 2013

Woody Nightshade

Berries and vegetation are poisonous.

Very beautiful flower.  I found it on stream tonight while I was fishing.  Typically I take flower photos when the fishing sucked and tonight it sucked.

It is also known as Solanum Dulcamara

Wild Cucumber

 wild cucumber
Family: Cucurbitaceae

Echinocystis lobata is an herbaceous vine with numerous white 6-petaled flowers and fruits that look a little like a tiny watermelon with spines. The comparison is reasonable because it is in the same family as watermelons, pumpkins, squash, gourds and cucumbers. Not edible.

Each fruit produces 4 large seeds similar to the familiar pumpkin or squash seeds commonly planted in gardens. It is an annual species so each year the seeds germinate and grow to impressive size before flowering in late July or early August. When the fruit matures the lower end of the pendulous fruit opens to drop the seeds and the plants die with the advent of freezing weather.

Echinocystis lobata grows nearly throughout the eastern U.S.A. and southern Canada. In Wisconsin it is found throughout the state on wet sites, both sunny and shaded and sometimes on more mesic sites on disturbed soil.

August 21, 2013

American Swallowtail

Below is the male (eastern) black swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes), also called the American swallowtail or parsnip swallowtail.  The yellow in the wings denotes male.

Found him on the bank where I was fishing this morning.

Found this female black swallow tail a couple years ago hanging out on a thistle.  Female insects/birds/fish are typically less colorful.