First Flower of the Spring – April 20, 2007

This is the first blooming plant I’ve found this spring (other than trees). It’s called Common Whitlow-grass. It’s actually not a grass – it’s in the Mustard Family and the latin name is Draba reptans. It’s very small – the plant is one or two inches tall, and each flower is less than 1/2 inch across. Continue reading “First Flower of the Spring – April 20, 2007”

Mourning Cloak Butterfly – March 28, 2007

Mourning Cloaks are one of the first butterflies to fly in the spring because they over winter as adults. They spend the winter in crevices behind bark or in log or brush piles. If the temperature warms to 55 degrees and the sun is shining, these butterflies will come out to bask in the sun in a sheltered place, even in the middle of winter. This one flew past me in the woods and landed on a branch right in front of my face. Continue reading “Mourning Cloak Butterfly – March 28, 2007”